- Jan 23, 2005
I feel a little stupid asking this... but I scanned thru the FAQ section never finding any questions, but a lot of discussion. The tang stamp question recently was sort of along the same lines as mine... and maybe no one really has all the answers... I am not a full-fledged devoted Schrade collector, as many of you are. I'm more a garbage can collector of a variety of makers, though I probably hold on to more Schrades than anything else. I have and use Bernard Levine's book, and it's very good for general info on a lot of makers. To put a lot of detail on each one would make his book encyclopaedic. I have Mark Erickson's Antique Switchblade book and I have Jim Sargent's 6th edition on Case, Queen, and Remington. I really enjoy both of them for their specifics in text or graphics that help identify a knife's age -- by tang stamp, handle style, shield shape/stamp, etc.... I'm wondering if there's a comparable book out there on Schrade. So far I'm up to four different manufacturer tang stamps of knives with the same "OLD TIMER" bar shield: John Primble/Belknap Hdw (I know Schrade made these, but not during what time frame?); Ulster; Schrade-Walden; and Schrade (and there are at least 3 tang stamp variations within the Schrade OTs). I know the Schrade+ stamp is probably the youngest, but not when they started using that stamp. And I don't know the date ranges for the two- and three-line Schrade-USA-pattern# stamps. Throwing SW's variety of stamps into the mix complicates it further. Of course, Levine date separates the major changes in the company, but the variation of stamps within a given "era" must also reflect age difference details. And shields? I have SWs with 2- or 3-point crest sheilds or bar shields or no shields. Some shields have stamps and some don't. Has anyone ever laid all this out in a book like Sargent's or Erickson's??? Is there a definitive source for this info.... or even close to definitive . . . all wrapped up in one package?