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Schrade Ireland

Discussion in 'Schrade Knives Collectors Forum' started by JHouston, Jan 7, 2005.

  1. JHouston

    JHouston

    120
    Oct 18, 2004
    Ok, so I picked up a couple of Made in Ireland Imperial(Schrade) Barlows at my favorite hardware store (last 2) for my boys, so they will have one like Dad's (a Colonial, but otherwise identical).

    Can anyone comment on Schrade's Irish connections, both pre and post closure? Who own's the plant, what else do they make, etc.
     
  2. JHouston

    JHouston

    120
    Oct 18, 2004
    Hello (Hello Hello Hello Hello

    Boy, this has been a quiet one........
     
  3. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    Back in November, I bought an Irish Schrade AP55 Apex. Rather like a pocket beast without the steroids. The fit and finish wasn't bad. Just cheaper materials and not quite up to the standard I had come to expect from Schrade. I bought it out of curiosity, and because it was cheap NIB. This Christmas I gave my son a 152OT Sharpfinger, and dropped the Apex in the box as a bonus. He liked the Apex best, mostly because it was stamped Ireland and he has a facination with our Irish heritage. It certainly wasn't because it was the better of the two knives! There was one picture of the Irish plant in the magazine article I pointed out a while back, Knives Illustrated. You are now in posession of my knowledge of the Irish facility! Wish I could help more.
     
  4. El Lobo

    El Lobo

    Sep 6, 2002
    I think LT was at the Irish facility once, to watch Army and Boston College play ping pong.....and drink Tullamore Dew.....or was it Bushmills........Hmmmmm, maybe I'm confusing another trip he told us about once..... :confused:

    Anyway, it's nice that Codger's son shares our hobby, no matter why.
    Oh, and that we could step up this thread for JHouston..... :D

    Over and out.

    Bill
     
  5. lrv

    lrv

    Sep 14, 2003
    Debbie has been busy doing who knows what but from what I can remember the Ireland factory was closed a couple of years ago and is currently not in operation. I also do not believe any of the OT and UH models were made there.
    TTYL
    Larry
     
  6. Don Luis

    Don Luis

    Dec 26, 2002
    The magic of Google:

    http://archives.tcm.ie/thekingdom/2004/03/18/story12814.asp

    The Kingdom, Thursday, March 18, 2004

    Wow, 43 years...

    I remember that story form LT, I don´t understand why it reminds me of John Wayne in "The Quiet Man", fist fighting in some small town Irish pub.

    By the way, my epoxy rehandled Imperial Ireland knives are holding fine, now I understand why the Barlow is marked "Stag Ireland", I also have a two bladed fisherman (clip and scaler/hook disgorger/bottle opener) which I had considered disassembling and taking out the scaler blade to turn it into a one bladed Texas Toothpick, but now I think I´ll leave it alone. These knives were also sold under the Coghlans name.

    Time for some Tyrconnel Malt.

    Luis
     
  7. textoothpk

    textoothpk Banned

    Sep 24, 2003
    Thanks for a good bit of information, Luis.
    Enjoy your drink.
    Phil
     
  8. JHouston

    JHouston

    120
    Oct 18, 2004
    Thanks for the info. I think I've got one of those same Fish Knives. Yellow handled "cellulose". My Grandpa James, a jeweler, apparantly repaired it with a bronze weld when the bolsters seperated from the liners at the joint.

    Ah, the Quiet Man, a most excellent movie!
     

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