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    Schrade Waldon honesteel


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    I have come across an Old Timer Schrade Waldon Honesteel that is in the orig box with the instructions and in the orig sheath...7 inches long...looks like it has never been used instructions say it can be used for other things like a chisel etc, can anyone tell me anything about it without pictures,,I am having a hard time getting photos on here...I can send them email however.

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    It is a Schrade Hone Steel. The chisel end was designed to break a deers pelvic bone. I had one for years and sold about a year ago. Remember it's a sharpening steel and is not a diamond rod. It will re-align the edge but not remove any metal.


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    Thanks for the info, the paper inside the box said they were "coming into the space age" with this one. ..I would imagine they made and sold a lot of these but it is kind of neat...my father-in-law kept every box anything ever came in...how old do you think it may be, are they of interest to collectors...thanks for you help,I am a newbie at this

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    if the paperwork is still with the box the date should be in it.

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    G'day Roney..If you refer to the thread..'I cant bring myself to use one of these"..I have just re-introduced....you will see Brady's excellent example of the Schrade Walden Honesteel and some more info...Hoo Roo

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    HS1 Honesteel Research


    The Schrade HS1 Honesteel was a unique knife sharpener which came boxed with a sheath, leather thong, and use instruction sheet. According to the Schrade instructions, its uses are; General sharpening on most cutting tools, Cracking Deer Pelvis, Wood Splitting and as a fish "billy". Touted by Schrade as "The Lazy Mans way to Sharpen", they were designed to be used without the need for oil or wetting agent. The unique sheath is designed as a handle for easier sharpening.

    The Honesteel was patented by Henry B. Baer (“Uncle Henry”), and assigned to Imperial Knife Associated Companies. The design patent was filed in June of 1971, and issued in July of 1973. The patent expired in 1984, fourteen years. The design claim allowed was “The ornamental design for a combination whetter and sheath”. The patent does not mention the tapered end, nor show the sheath deployed as a handle, or claim that it can be used as such. The patent drawings also show the finial as the bottom part of the female snap portion, though no claim for it’s use is mentioned. Neither is there mention of the honesteel’s surface texture or material, or uniqueness of it’s use. Those details would have been subject matter for a utility patent which evidently Henry’s patent attorney advised against, probably based on a search of prior utility patents. The patent issued July, 17, 1973 as #D-227733. The name “Honesteel” did not appear in the patent, where it was referred to as a “combination whetter and sheath”. “Honesteel” was a separate copyrighted trademark name.

    The HS1 first appeared in the 1972 catalog with a stamp of SCHRADE - WALDEN over OLD TIMER over HONESTEEL over PAT. PEND. Most of these came in a “Schrade-Walden” stamped sheath. These early ones had a single face bevel, later changed to a double bevel. Patent Pending stamps are more commonly seen with the Schrade tang stamp, indicative of the patent issue after mid 1973 when Schrade Walden became Schrade Cutlery. The Schrade-Walden (and early Schrade) HS1 Old Timer Honesteel appears with two holes in the handle. The first, smaller hole (0.262), is a thong (or lanyard) hole. The second, larger round hole (0.274), is for handle attachment into the finial when the Honesteel is reversed into the sheath. The first thongs were tied in a square knot, or included loose in the box. Later it was permanently attached with a metal cylindrical clamp band near the joined ends.

    The Honesteel was listed in the 1973 Schrade Cutlery catalog as HS1 Hone Steel, patent pending, and sold for $10.00 with sheath/handle and thong. In 1975 it is also called the HS1 Hone Steel (picture notes still pending, though this may have just been an oversight) and sold for $11.00 with sheath/handle and thong.
    By 1980, the name in the catalog was made one word, Honesteel (as it always was when stamped on the tool), the thong hole had been eliminated, and the second hole made teardrop shaped to facilitate the included thong while still allowing handle attachment, and the price was $15.00. The thong was shown permanently attached with a metal clamp band. Since the Honesteel this was seen on was mint and complete in the brown woodgrain folding box with the accompanying paperwork, this was a factory installed item.

    In 1988 the price was $20.95 (thong not illustrated now), $22.95 in 1989, and $24.95 in 1991, and $25.95 in 1992. In the 1999 catalog it listed for $36.95, and the single hole for handle attachment was made round. The price was $37.95 in 2000, when it appeared alongside the new SK-1 diamond sharpener which sold for $9.99. Schrade dropped the HS1 Honesteel from the catalog in 2001, and from then until the closing, the SK-1 was the only hone offered by Schrade.

    The sheath style stayed the same for the full production period, though variations in finish paralleled those of production knife sheaths. I have one circa 1980's with a tan suede sheath. Most I have seen have been either smooth brown polished leather or natural undyed polished leather like the replacement knife sheaths. It is a rectangular tubular folded sewn sheath with a small rivet at each end of the brown or white stitching for reinforcement. A male stud (sometimes called a finial) affixed to the interior engages the hole in the Honesteel when the sheath is used as a handle, and a bifold lateral flap has male and female snap studs for closure. The back of the sheath is folded over the back and riveted with two small rivets midway down the sheath back forming a belt hanger. The first sheaths were stamped “SCHRADE-WALDEN over OLD TIMER over HONESTEEL”, though most of the sheaths seen are embellished with the identifying emboss "SCHRADE over OLD TIMER over HONESTEEL"

    The true composition of the Honesteel is, according to the included sheet, "high carbon cutlery steel" (I occasionally see one with rusted spots) and impregnated with chromium carbide. It seems to be several times harder than common steel, as I have never seen one worn out. They are seven inches long, 1" wide, and the end opposite the stamp and hole is tapered to a chisel shape, purportedly for splitting deer pelvis.

    The aggressive surface texture is a modified file, striated lengthwise. It works well with most blade steels, but I find the handle contrivance to not be rigid enough to be of any help in actual use. Often when I see an older used unit, the back of the sheath shows signs of stropping, which is a good use. Schrade sold a good many of these over the years, and whether or not there were repeat customers for them, they are a useful tool. A set of the three main types makes for an interesting addition to any Schrade knife collection.

    Type 1
    Stamp: SCHRADE-WALDEN over OLD TIMER over HONESTEEL over PAT. PEND.
    Sheath Stamp: SCHRADE-WALDEN over OLD TIMER over HONESTEEL
    Thong: Tied
    Holes: 2 round
    Bevel: Single (front)

    Stamp: SCHRADE-WALDEN over OLD TIMER over HONESTEEL over PAT. PEND.
    Sheath Stamp: SCHRADE-WALDEN over OLD TIMER over HONESTEEL
    Thong: Clamped
    Holes: 2 round
    Bevel: Double

    Stamp: SCHRADE over OLD TIMER over HONESTEEL over PAT. PEND.
    Sheath Stamp: SCHRADE over OLD TIMER over HONESTEEL
    Thong: Clamped
    Holes: 2 round
    Bevel: Double


    Stamp: SCHRADE over HS-1 PAT. NO. Over D-227,733
    Sheath Stamp: SCHRADE over OLD TIMER over HONESTEEL
    Thong: Clamped
    Holes: 2 round
    Bevel: Double

    Type 2
    Stamp: SCHRADE over HS-1 PAT. NO. Over D-227,733
    Sheath Stamp: SCHRADE over OLD TIMER over HONESTEEL
    Thong: Clamped
    Holes: 1 teardrop
    Bevel: Double

    Type 3
    Stamp: SCHRADE over HS-1 PAT. NO. Over D-227,733
    Sheath Stamp: SCHRADE over OLD TIMER over HONESTEEL
    Thong: none
    Holes: 1 round
    Bevel: Double

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    Extra thorough description of the honesteel and it's variations Codger! Thanks for writing it up. I have wondered why they had the chisel end on them and now I know: crack a deer pelvis. I can't say I would have guessed that. Good to know!

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    I recently purchased a couple of HONESTEEL sharpeners. After reading this post very closely, I am still trying to determine which "Type" I have. It has SCHRADE over OLD TIMER over HONESTEEL over PAT.PEND It has two holes. Thong has been clamped. Here is the interesting to me. it appears to have a single bevel. Unless I am confusing the what I think is the bevel. My question is, is the double bevel at the very tip or is it a taper of an inch or so? I can plainly see the bevel on both sides of the immediate tip. The older Walden the I have is much heavier and tapers on both sides and has a double bevel. thanks in advance for any info.

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