Craftsman Knives

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.

This forum is dedicated to the knives that are the legacy of this company. This forum is not the place to discuss the replica knives currently being imported using the Schrade name.
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Craftsman Knives

Post by jxr1197 » Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:16 pm

This beauty showed up today - an Ulster 45 with cap lifter instead of a spey blade and it's got a 3rd spring with flip up beer can opener. I try to grab these church key knives whenever I come across one. They typically have 'CAN PIERCER' or 'BEVERAGE CAN OPENER' on the piercer but this is one of the few I've seen with nothing at all.
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Post by jerryd6818 » Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:03 pm

I've never seen one with a built in church key. I'll have to keep an eye out for one.
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Post by Meridian_Mike » Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:14 pm

MAN.... now that is a cool one!
Very nice find... Congrats!

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Post by tnorton » Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:17 pm

Very Nice ::tu::

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Post by jxr1197 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:06 am

jerryd6818 wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:03 pm
I've never seen one with a built in church key. I'll have to keep an eye out for one.
They surface once in a while, mostly as Imperials. They had a short run because they weren't made until the late 50s and by the very early 60s pop tops made them obsolete. In the pic you can see there were actually two styles made. I have no idea which was first.
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Post by KnifeSlinger#81 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:17 am

That is interesting Jason. Thanks for showing.

Judging by the title, are you starting a schrade/ulster made craftsman thread? I don't think there is one but I could definitely get behind that.
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Post by tongueriver » Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:52 am

Fishy.
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Post by jxr1197 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:53 am

KnifeSlinger#81 wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:17 am
Judging by the title, are you starting a schrade/ulster made craftsman thread? I don't think there is one but I could definitely get behind that.
Definitely the intent - would be great to see some Craftsmans! I looked for a thread but couldn't find one. I read somewhere (probably quoting Codger here) that Albert Baer used to use Sears as a litmus test for new ideas, so many of the 'new' features were first tried out on Craftsman knives and if they sold well it trickled down to the non-Craftsmans. I have wondered if that is the explanation for this Craftsman version 148 with blood grooves. ::shrug::
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Post by herbva » Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:00 am

Wow, very cool! That's what I love about AAPK! Just when I think I've seen it all, or just what I need - something else to collect! ::tu:: ::tu::
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Post by KnifeSlinger#81 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:29 am

I just loooove the craftsman's. Here is one of my 9554's.

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Craftsman etched SW 881.

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Post by kootenay joe » Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:46 am

The Craftsman knives were purposely ordered to have certain design features that the same pattern Schrade or Camillus does not have.
I had thought the tool on the backside was for piercing tin cans, not for opening bottles ("cap lifter").
jxr, nice display of knives with this 'extra' tool. It is the only time i have seen a group of these knives. Neat ! :)
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Re: Craftsman Knives

Post by jxr1197 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:06 pm

Paul - that 9554 - wow!

kootenay joe wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:46 am
I had thought the tool on the backside was for piercing tin cans, not for opening bottles ("cap lifter").

You're right - it is for piercing beer cans. I have a tendency to type quick and hit 'submit' a little too fast and sometimes the content doesn't come across to the reader as intended. Perhaps I've got a bit of late onset ADHD going on here. ::shrug::

In this pic the Craftsman is next to an Ulster 45. The 3rd blade on the 45 is a spey but on the Craftsman it's been replaced with a cap lifter. The piercing tool on the back is in addition to the cap lifter. They added a third spring for the piercer.
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Re: Craftsman Knives

Post by jxr1197 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:11 pm

A personal favorite
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Post by KnifeSlinger#81 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:21 pm

jxr1197 wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:11 pm
A personal favorite
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I can see why. ::tu::
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Re: Craftsman Knives

Post by Meridian_Mike » Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:40 pm

jxr1197 wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:11 pm
A personal favorite
craftsman2ot.jpg
WOW.... Jason, you are killing me man!

THAT right there is a real beauty!!
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