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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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government contracts

Postby tongueriver » Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:26 pm

We know that Schrade Walden had a government contract for the orange parachute knives during the Vietnam War, and we know that they had a contract for the Pilot Survival knife during the Korean Conflict. But I had not seen any evidence of government contracts during the 1904-1946 Schrade CutCo era, although I suspected that they must have had something going, perhaps a TL-29. I finally saw one this morning on Ebay, which, if not re-bladed, looks to be authentic. The blade pivot pin does look like it has been monkeyed with, but I do think this one is probably an authentic contract knife. It is interesting to note that the liners are brass. The only evidence of a fixed blade knife from Schrade CutCo 1904-1946 are some low-price-point knives made for them by Kinfolks, and they are not military knives. Does anyone else have a government contract knife?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-SCHRAD ... :rk:1:pf:0
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Re: government contracts

Postby tongueriver » Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:58 pm

Some great reading on TL-29s; thank you! What I am looking for here are OTHER patterns of government contract knives by Schrade CutCo, if indeed there is such a thing.

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Re: government contracts

Postby KnifeSlinger#81 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:07 pm

Weren't there jr cattle knives made for the air corps and the utility/camp style knives for engineers? There were also switches for the paratroops I believe were a contract since they specified adding a bail, unless I'm remembering it wrong.
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Re: government contracts

Postby tongueriver » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:07 pm

I don't know. I think maybe a switchblade. The other ones maybe were Ulsters? ::shrug::

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Re: government contracts

Postby KnifeSlinger#81 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:12 am

I want to say there was a contract switch they called m2 and its the same as a 1543 3/4 or 1553 3/4 (can't remember which?) but with a bail. I was researching this a while back so I'll have to find that information again.
-Paul T.

Always looking for excellent to mint condition schrade cut co and walden knives. I really like stockman and cattle patterns.


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