Unless somebody here has information on rhyme and reason of how they numbered them, that will have to be one of life's little mysteries.I have been following this thread for a while and very few show the knife numbers. I took a picture of all my serial number Schrades to show that the numbers are not even all the time. Not sure how the numbers and letters were put on the knives but often not even.
Hi Ed, I don't recall the blade hitting the spring on Bear Paws as being a problem, at least I have never experienced it. If somebody has worn the kick down, I guess it would be possible. The kick is the part of the blade just after the sharpened edge, that juts up, and is meant to hold the edge away from the spring when closed. You can google the anatomy of a folding pocket knife to see what I'm talking about if my description wasn't clear enough.Hi everyone, first post. Tried earlier but it didn't seem to work, let's see if this one works. Just got an LB7 via eBay for less then $19 including shipping and tax. It's a 4 pin, tang reads Shrade+ USA LB7, serial number is G17055. All the steel is in excellent shape, as is the wood. But the brass is a bit banged up. It had a thin strip of leather about 2.75 in. inside apparently to prevent to blade from hitting the backspring. Would anyone know if this was a factory item? I'm thinking not, but it leads to wondering if the blade edge hitting the backspring was actually a problem?