Yes, I agree. It looks like the later shell handled Imperials that were marked on the handle with DE. Is the tang stamp Imperial with the USA running vertical on the far right? I have a couple of these DE marked Imperials as this one.
Welcome to the forum Crosswhi! Generally the shell handled Imperials are pretty low on collectability ratings. Although they are great knives with fantastic carbon steel blades there were a blue million of them made and sold as they were Very cheap to make.
IF YOU AIN'T BUYING OR LOOKING AT A KNIFE THEN YOU AIN'T LIVING. Always looking to buy good quality Empire knives.