Meridian_Mike wrote:Well heck yeah, that is just too cool. They must have had a shield made so they could use the Cope parts they had made up.
Glad you posted that one!
I think you're right about the custom shield on that one. That is the only COPE spinoff I've seen and know nothing about it. I think I saved that pic from ebay? The oval Schrade shields on the Skoal spinoffs I believe came from the 1997 Heritage collection. But I don't know which came first, the Skoal SMKW spinoff knives or the Heritage knives. From the info you posted, Skoal came out in '95. Did Schrade use a custom SMKW shield on their '97 Heritage? Or did SMKW use the Heritage shields on their SFO spinoff? Maybe Schrade found a way to unload a bunch of spare Skoal parts on SMKW? I've seen the oval shield used on other oddball knives too. More Schrade curiosity. LOL