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    The Spitfire 2

    Almost as soon as the high-end Spitfire was released the next generation was being planned. The Spitfire 2 would build on the strong elements of the original and also improve certain aspects of it. The slick lanyard release would carry over, but the entire blade lock assembly would be...
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    Schrade XT4 - The missing knife

    Well the good news here is you can change the title of this thread now - 'cause it ain't missing no more! Here's a pic of a finished XT4 and there will be an article on the knife in next month's issue of Knife Magazine.
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    The Rarest Of The Rare

    These are fishing knives. The gaff hook is for grabbing the fish and hauling it into the boat after you reeled it in. There were some issues working against the knife that caused it to fail as a new product, details of which are in the very first post in this thread. It's a cool knife with a...
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    The Rarest Of The Rare

    These are the gaff knives that LT was talking about in the first post in this thread. The one in the center is what the production version looked like. These are Ulsters except for the one on the left that is a Schrade and that one came from the estate sale of a former Schrade employee. I think...
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    The Rarest Of The Rare

    Bringing the thread full circle...
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    Schrade 152OT Sharpfinger

    Codger has explained most of it. He’s also the bad influence that introduced me to the pattern and started me down this dark path. The prototype had flat textured Delrin handles similar to what your Rigid has. I think it also might have been TiCN coated. The knife above was a plain Jane late...
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    Help with a couple of 8OTs

    The first knife will have a window of 1962-1973. The 8OT was first offered in 1960 but the Delrin handles didn't come about until 1962. It is likely even a few years after '62 based on the swedge but that's nothing more than a hunch. I would place it roughly 65-73 but the more credible answer is...
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    Schrade 152OT Sharpfinger

    Just another run of the mill 152OTX
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    Schrade 145

    You can go through the old catalogs (and TONS of other Schrade stuff) here: https://www.collectors-of-schrades-r.us/Catalogs/index.htm
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    50BC (5UH) "Bruin" blue jigged bone lockback

    ^That is the one I was thinking of. My finest anniversary blue bones:
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    50BC (5UH) "Bruin" blue jigged bone lockback

    Sorry to veer off topic a little here, but I have to ask about the badger. Would love to see a pic! I had no idea there was a bone handled version. Neat!
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    50BC (5UH) "Bruin" blue jigged bone lockback

    It is possible that unfinished knives were sold right at the very end - what people call 'end of days' knives. I don't think anyone has records on what was shipped during that period but anecdotal statements would support that. I don't recall seeing the PH2 blue bones in the past *but* I don't...
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    50BC (5UH) "Bruin" blue jigged bone lockback

    Could it be possible that the ACB box came from SMKW? I'm not entirely familiar with the various packaging created after they closed. The PH2 boxes looks like the real deal. I looked back in the catalogs and didn't spot the pattern but that doesn't rule it out. Seeing that many scarce blue bones...
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    50BC (5UH) "Bruin" blue jigged bone lockback

    The set came to me with that flag in place. It is a little small for the space. I have seen pictures online of this set with the same flag BUT there's always a chance I'm seeing pics of my own set from before I owned it. Who knows?
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    50BC (5UH) "Bruin" blue jigged bone lockback

    Great find BC! Here's my set - BTW Stovecollector has the PH2 without etch or shield on ebay right now and the box with it is correct - it says blue jigged handles right on it. Not exactly sure how that relates to yours but it shows Schrade was selling that knife 'unfinished', so to speak. The...
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    I tell ya they're GOLD! GOLD! in them thar hills

    I have a few knives at that weight too. That's the least amount of gold you'll find on any of the Schrade GFs as far as I know. The "1/20" refers to the weight of the gold shell on the surface of the scales. In this case 5% of the weight of each cover is a very thin layer of 10K gold. I think...
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    Fostarene

    Those aren't Fostarene and figuring out what it was is a question I struggled with for years, lol. The smooth plastic with gold and copper flake in it (dark brown base) was a single batch plastic made by Crown Plastics c1961. They ordered large quantities of materials from DuPont and then would...
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    Schrade 152OT Sharpfinger

    One of those OUTDOORS popped up on Ebay this morning and got snatched up almost immediately...
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    The Gimlet

    YES, you should! You think there might be a Schrade or two in there?
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    The Gimlet

    PSA - there's a brand new section over on COSRUS displaying PDF versions of a handful of booklets written by Saunders Norvell around 110 years ago. There is some knife related content but the bigger picture (for me) is seeing the retail hardware industry as it existed back then through the eyes...
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