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Schrade Cutlery Company was founded in 1904 by George Schrade, and his brothers Jacob and William Schrade. In 1946 Imperial Knife Associated Companies, (IKAC; an association of Ulster Knife Co and Imperial Knife Co) purchased controlling interest in Schrade Cut Co and changed the name to Schrade Walden Cutlery. In 1973 the name was changed to Schrade Cutlery. In 2004 Schrade closed due to bankruptcy.

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Re: show your uncle henry's

Postby black mamba » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:27 pm

James, it seems like my 897UH would be a very early tang stamp after the Walden era, and the belt finished edges started in 1974 or '75, so maybe only a 1-2 year window for that stamp.

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Re: show your uncle henry's

Postby tongueriver » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:32 pm

black mamba wrote: ...the belt finished edges started in 1974 or '75...

Mine is a Schrade Walden, serial #53xxx, milled liners, hinged box, belt-finished edge. ?

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Re: show your uncle henry's

Postby black mamba » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:34 pm

It just occurred to me as well, that with the serial numbers rolling over to a new letter prefix every 99,999 knives, that an A prefix on a Walden means that between 1967 and 1973 they made over 100,000 897s. That's about 17,000 per year, so your 21xxx should be from 1968-'69.

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Re: show your uncle henry's

Postby tongueriver » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:36 pm

black mamba wrote:It just occurred to me as well, that with the serial numbers rolling over to a new letter prefix every 99,999 knives, that an A prefix on a Walden means that between 1967 and 1973 they made over 100,000 897s. That's about 17,000 per year, so your 21xxx should be from 1968-'69.

But why would it have the belt finished edge?

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Re: show your uncle henry's

Postby black mamba » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:40 pm

Cal, I can't answer that. Maybe it's a different sharpened edge than the A.C.A. Edge that both Schrade and Camillus used starting in about 1974. Somewhere else, either in another thread here or on BladeForums, Eric (ea42) stated the patent started in December of 1973???

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Re: show your uncle henry's

Postby tongueriver » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:52 pm

In the 1964 Schrade Walden catalog, I see the Razor Blade Stainless marketing ploy featured for the first time (on open stock knives). As far as I know, this is the exact same edge stropping that we have been talking about here on the 897UH knives.
http://www.collectors-of-schrades-r.us/ ... W-CATS.pdf

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Re: show your uncle henry's

Postby black mamba » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:58 pm

That does make sense, as Eric also said the A.C.A. Edge was used mostly on larger blades, as it was a fairly rough grit followed by polishing. I stand corrected!

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Re: show your uncle henry's

Postby tongueriver » Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:05 am

black mamba wrote:That does make sense, as Eric also said the A.C.A. Edge was used mostly on larger blades, as it was a fairly rough grit followed by polishing. I stand corrected!

And that is good info to me; I did not know. I will have to dig around for a Sears ACA and have a look.

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Re: show your uncle henry's

Postby tongueriver » Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:17 am

re A.C.A. Edge. Extremely rare 165 variation for Sears with hidden tang, brass pommel and elephant hide sheath.
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Re: show your uncle henry's

Postby black mamba » Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:19 am

Whoaaa, Cal, that is a fabulous knife! When did you pick that one up?

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Re: show your uncle henry's

Postby JAMESC41001 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:57 am

Well well well. Very nice Cal!

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Re: show your uncle henry's

Postby tongueriver » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:04 am

JAMESC41001 wrote:Well well well. Very nice Cal!

Thanks for the kind words. I have a special place for the 165s. I just think it is a great knife, if a little heavier than necessary.

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Re: show your uncle henry's

Postby JAMESC41001 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:10 am

I agree Cal, I can take a165 and a 127 and get by just fine.

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Re: show your uncle henry's

Postby tongueriver » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:48 pm

I am not sure whether I posted this before, but the earliest UH folding hunters and the earliest scrimshaw folding hunters had covers or handles MUCH thicker than the ones we are most used to seeing. I have a 127UH with this feature and it is serial #45xx, so there should be a few out there. I have four of them with this feature. It is really quite a striking difference.
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Re: show your uncle henry's

Postby JAMESC41001 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:05 pm

It’s true Cal. I have at least one “FAt Stag” 127. I’ll have to look at the serial #’s. Maybe we can narrow it down a bit. I have 2 sw127 that were in displays. These Schrade displays some clues as to where they were at as far as serial #’s since we can tell when the displays showed up in the catalogs. But it is still tricky for a number of reasons.


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