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LARGE Wire Jack, Geo Schrade, pat '42

Discussion in 'Schrade Knives Collectors Forum' started by oregon, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. oregon

    oregon Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    8.5 inches overall open and 4.15 ounces = one hand filling heavy wire-handled folder from outta the past. The blade is mirror polished and the big tang has a curved choil-like place on the tang for a finger (enables better control of the point for fine work with this big knife). The fish scaler blade has a sinister look to it (when close it looks like a crouched predator to my eye). The cutting edge looks and feels factory fresh sharp and pointy.

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  2. oregon

    oregon Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2005
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  3. oregon

    oregon Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2005
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    The red finger guard, inserted into the handle, has some special features that the smaller Wire Jack guards don't have: Two nubs protruding from the bottom of the guard which dovetail into two nub receiver beds in the interior of the handle. In spite of this extra measure the fit is problematic/insecure. The flex and snap (from opening and closing the blade) are awesome forces torqueing and shocking this king-size knife in ways that the small jacks don't experience.

    Thank you for looking.
     
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  4. oregon

    oregon Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2005
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  5. ea42

    ea42

    Jan 1, 2006
    Great pics Oregon, I never really had a good look at one of those guys.

    FYI the choil is the little notch right below the blade edge, the part of the tang you're referring to is simply the "tang front"

    Eric
     
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  6. oregon

    oregon Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Thank you for the kind words Eric. My pleasure.

    Who made this knife?

    One of you, perhaps:

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  7. ea42

    ea42

    Jan 1, 2006
    Actually I believe that's a shot of the old Ulster plant in Ellenville, NY. The George Schrade knives were made out in Bridgeport, Conn., at the time the wire jacks were made he was completely seperated from Schrade Cut. Co.

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  8. oregon

    oregon Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    William Schrade's book is on its way to me. Perhaps I will see a photo of George Schrade, the workers and the factory in the book.

    That group of workers is my screen background. It fascinates and haunts me at the same time.

    Here is a size comparison pic: Scout Wire Jack v Large hunting/fishing Wire Jack:'

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  9. lrv

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  10. oregon

    oregon Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Outstanding post Irv. Thank you.

    The whole operation is much larger than I thought. There are more employees, machines and rooms. Everybody isn't crowded into one room as the photo I use for a screen background seems to indicate.
     
  11. oregon

    oregon Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Compare Hunting & Fishing blades: Marlin/Moose v Large Wire Jack:

    Moose & Marlin is 2.39 ounces and 8 1/8 inches overall open (not counting lanyard loop)

    Large Wire Jack is 4.15 ounces and 8.5 inches overall open

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  12. Dave Thinkstoomuch

    Dave Thinkstoomuch Banned

    Jun 15, 2009
    Cool thread! Thanks all.
     
  13. William Schrade

    William Schrade

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    Jul 30, 2012
    Hi Oregon, I'm curious where you are getting the book from. I've heard there are bad copies of the book going around.
     
  14. oregon

    oregon Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    OK William. Of course.

    You email is not enabled so I left a visitor message for you. I don't want to run afoul of deal spotting prohibition.

    The book is awaiting me at my Post Office Box per delivery confirmation info. I'll pick it up in the morning. If there is anything I can do to be of service please don't hesitate to give me a ping. My email is on my page (just click your mouse on my moniker "oregon" in the upper left of this page).
     
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  15. nikoknife48

    nikoknife48 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Great tread thanks for sharing ! Here's one I just acquired.

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  16. Bloefield

    Bloefield

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    Aug 2, 2013
    What a great thread!
     
  17. rtmind

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    Mar 8, 2013
    NIKOKNIFE48, please tell me that that is the full size spearpoint. I was beginning to think it didn't exist. If it is I have only seen in catalog pics before. Could you give us the size and more pics to drool on? thanks, randy/rtmind.:)
     
  18. oregon

    oregon Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2005
     
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  19. William Schrade

    William Schrade

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    Jul 30, 2012
    Hello Oregon,

    I've never seen a hatchet blade before. Is that a one and only or are you aware of others?
    There is nothing in the catalogs or advertising clips I have. If it wasn't for the tang stamp I would think it was counterfeit.
     
  20. oregon

    oregon Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Hello Bill,

    Good to hear from you. There is one other that I have direct personal knowledge and an image of. I have not seen it in person yet but hope to in the future. I have met the owner in person, had substantial conversation and exchanged emails. You may know or have heard of him. He is an author, collector and works in the industry. I will email him your contact information. His axe has acid etched onto the blade " CHOP-CHOP KNIFE" as I recall. I will look for the image. He didn't believe my axe until he saw the tang stamp either.
     
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