RVW: Ed Schott Utility

Feb 4, 1999
This is a brief review, once again, as this is a customer's knife, so performance will not be assessed. Ed Schott was the featured knifemaker from last month's BFC "cover", and as usual, has been seeing some more press as a result. I forgot to see what knid of steel this knife is made from, so sorry about that, but you can look it up on his webpage. I would guess D-2 or CPM440V. Anyway, the Utility is in the Japanese style with a 3 9/16's cutting edge that is hollow ground. Width is just under an inch at the widest point, and the blade is in the drop point style.
Grinds are pretty symmetric with what appears to be a 320 grit belt finish on the edge bevel that runs 90 degrees to the edge itself. The flat blade bevels are finished the same in the long axis of the knife, giving a simple, yet attractive, satin finish to the knife. There is a 5/8" choil before the handle actually starts, so I guess you could measure the blade as being 4 3/16" with a 4 1/4" handle. It is also 3/16" stock, as far as my measurements go. Seems thinner than that, though.
The handle appears to be blue G-10 slabs epoxied (no pins that I can see) to the tang. Black flat paracord/shoelace material is then wrapped in a pseudo-Japanese style over the handle slabs to give some added grip. The whole mess is then epoxied lightly to keep it from moving around and to add overall durability. The handle fits the hand well and the cord-wrapping provides quite a bit of grip. I didn't test it wet for obvious reasons. It is attractive but also something you wouldn't hesitate to use. Durability not tested, either. The blade itself is really sharp, as is the point. Should be durable with that hollow grind, too. Schott's name iseither stamped or deep etched or both into the flat bevel. I'm not sure exactly how it is done, but it is discolored noticeably around the name, and this makes it look a bit sloppy. Otherwise, this knife appears to be ready for hard use. Stabbing would be a bad idea as it has no guard or finger notches, but then again it is meant for some sort of Utility duty
. The sheath is well-made from brown leather and is set up for vertical carry. Nothing remarkable here, but I do like the color of the leather and the fit and retention are nice. I;d be interested in really testing this knife, but that's all I can say since it isn't mine! Thanks for reading...

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Palmer College of Chiropractic
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The steel is 3V on that blade and it is flat ground .
I have had two customers call on the discoloration thing and am changing my etching process because of it .
3v doesn't like to etch at all.
The epoxy is waterproof and completely penetrates the paracord as the handle is soaked in it and the excess is allowed to drip off and then dabbed.
I like this epoxy because it takes 24hr to get stiff and 72hr to fully set up.

Edward Randall Schott


Glad to hear that you received the knife. Feel free to give it a test drive if you want to see how it performs. I think it should stand up to pretty hard use so long as you do not try to cut metal with it. The reason is b/c the knife has a very shallow primary bevel and barely a secondary bevel. fyi, the edge was put on with the EdgePro system.


Thanks for the great knife! So can I get my other ones by next week
Ed, thanks much for the clarifications. The 3V looks just like D-2, if that makes any sense to you! It does to me, but then again you can't ever judge a knife steel by the way it looks. Maybe it's because it has a belt finished blade. It still looks hollow ground to me, but sometimes that is very subtle and I have a tough time judging. I was concerned when Ban sent me this knife because I was afraid of ruining the paracord wrap but I think I can work around that, plus it appears to be durable. My two main beefs with this knife are the etching, which is no big deal at all (do you think the blade steel is porous and that can explain why the etching seems to bleed?) and the fact that the handle slabs appear to have been epoxied only without pins. There may be pins that are covered by the cord wrap, too, so I guess I shouldn't to that conclusion! Anyway, the only time that would be a problem anyway, would be if you were hammering or somehow introducing other shear forces into the handle. If you can
avoid that, as most people usually do, then I wouldn't see that being a problem. Well done on the knife, and it's especially nice to deal with makers who are BFC "locals"! Thanks Ed and Ban!

My Custom Kydex Sheath pagehttp://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Lab/1298/knifehome.html
Palmer College of Chiropractic
On Two Wheels