As I understand these Schrade Factory wall pause a large conference room with the walls covered from knives throughout Schrade's one hundred year history. I may be mistaken on the fact that it was just one conference room. The knives dated back to early Schrade Cut Co knives, special runs and prototypes, even some experimental knives that did not see production. There were many historical knives on the wall as well. LT had supplied a number of old & special knives from his collection for knives that even the factory did not have examples of.
Prior to the auction I had talked to LT and he told me the people from SMKW/Blue Ridge had assured him that they would keep the collection intact and displayed for the public so that the history might be preserved. LT told me that he thought they would keep their word. In retrospect I believe the only reason they told him that was so that they could win the auction at a much lower price than if they had to bid against him.
As I recall the timing, about 30 days after the end of the auction, we started seeing knives from the Schrade Factory Wall being sold on eBay.
As to the subject of knives being finished in China and shipped back here to be sold; that has been going on for quite some time. There were a lot of blades that were sold after the auction, both after the Schrade closure and after the Camillus closure. I know, because I bought a lot of those blades. They had all been heat-treated and most had been ground. At first I was unsure if the underground blades were heat-treated or not. I asked Wallace Rockwell, of Camillus, if the Camillus blades had been heat-treated. He told me that most modern factories heat treat the blanks before they are ground, and then they are ground by machines that circulate a lubricant/coolant over the blades so that they do not overheat while they are being ground. This is done to prevent warping in the blade when they are heat-treated. It is more cost-effective to grind the blades after they are heat-treated fan to lose a sizable percentage of the heat-treated blades due to warping a. If you ever have a question as to whether a blade is hardened or not, use the file test. If the file skates, the blade is hard. If the file bites into the steel, the steel is not hard.
There has been a lot of Schrade parts on sale on eBay, many are blades and liners held together by the Swinden rivet, others are handle parts, some are backsprings, etc. It's not difficult to accumulate the parts to make your own knives. A few hundred dollars invested in eBay auctions, the patience to wait for the correct parts, and the knowledge, skills and abilities to put the parts together. I have done it myself many times, however I do not market them as a knife made in the Schrade factory, I mark them and tell the buyer that these are knives that I put together from factory parts.
Apparently there were plenty of old parts in Ellenville, we saw a few years back some 14OT blades come through eBay with wooden handles and no guard. We have seen a number of knives with different colored TPR handles, (thermoplastic rubber, as seen on the 140, 141, 142, 143, 146, 147 & 246 Old Timers). I believe most of these were blanks that were sent to China or somewhere, to have the TPR handles installed in the colorful variations.
The LB7's with stag handles on them are, in my opinion, just the latest installment of parts from Ellenville being completed in China.
It is been common knowledge that the reason for so many of the End of Days knives was that Schrade was filling orders and then putting together whatever they could in order to generate sales. It was also said that there were enough knives shipped and others that were completed then waiting to be shipped, that the resulting income would have paid off Schrade's debt with the bank and allowed Schrade to reorder raw materials for the next round of manufacturing, was zero money owing. The bank said "No." Of course the bank would receive the money from the accounts receivable anyway, I guess they had no incentive to allow Schrade to continue. I have heard talk that the bank may have been incentivized by parties unnamed to allow the bankruptcy to go forward and not grant Imperial Schrade Corporation another extension on their loan.
We will probably never know for sure.