Schrade 152OT Sharpfinger

Discussion in 'Schrade Knives Collectors Forum' started by Halfneck, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. FatCity67

    FatCity67

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    Sep 22, 2013
    Unfortunately I didn’t print or save many of the pictures before the software platform here changed and a large chunk were lost.
     
  2. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    Oh I have lost several generations of photo files over the years mostly due to computer crashes. Thumb drives are now cheap and easy to use for backups.

    Here is another knife you may not have seen. A 518SC given to dealers as a bonus for purchasing the HK88 hunting knife display panels. Records show 6,000 made.

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  3. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    This is yet another conundrum presented by Schrade. An examination of the flyers, the catalogs, the packaging and papers as well as tang stamps shows that Schrade was not consistent in using the "SC" identifier as either a prefix or suffix. I'll see what I can dig up on this with a more indepth review. Meanwhile, I don't count either as being wrong.
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  4. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
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  5. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    Here's one that I let get away. A simple etch SFO for an ag company but on a 152UH instead of the more common 152OT with added etch.

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    It didn't appear to be used but rather scratched badly front and rear.

    One that I wanted but it too got away from me.

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    Yep. A new Herman Williams rehandle in burl with mosaic pins. This time he didn't do any filework. Still a handsome custom.
     
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  6. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    1976 was the first year for the Scrimshaw edition of the Sharpfinger. It utilized the stock 152OT tang stamp and had artwork on both sides of the ivory Delrin handle, Whale hunt on the mark side and a tall masted whaling ship on the pile side. Schrade records show 11,955 of the 152SC shipped that year.

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    1977 was the second year for the Scrimshaw edition Sharpfinger and the first year for a new tang stamp, 155SC. It also continued the dual artwork of the first edition with Liberty/Justice on one side and an image of the Mayflower ship and the date 1620 on the pile side. Production records show 11,397 of the new 155SC shipped.
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    1978 was the third year for the Scrimshaw edition Sharp Finger and the last year for the tan parchment gift box. With the bear fishing for salmon art on the mark side, the art on the pile side was eliminated in favor of a scroll panel supposedly for the owner to add their initials, a feature which would continue for years. It also was the first edition to move away from the nautical theme to the wildlife theme though the etch logo still included the anchor, it would be replaced by the sun in 1979. Likewise it was the last year of the 155SC tang stamp. Sharp Finger was still two words. Records show that in 1978 there were 13,581 155SC shipped.

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  7. weezer919

    weezer919

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    Apr 7, 2018
    Codger_64 ...... You are the Mark Twain of forum posters.
     
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  8. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    Ah.. Schrade Scrimshaw of 1979. A year of changes. First, the fixed blade pattern was changed to the 154OT/501SC drop point pattern. There was no Sharpfinger in this year's series which was given the title of "Scrimshaw Of The Great Outdoors". The box was black with red flocked tray, a design which would continue for ten years. The blade etch logo dropped the anchor and replaced it with the sun. The artwork depicted a bust of a whitetail deer.

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  9. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    1980 brought a return of the Sharpfinger in the “Schrade Scrimshaw Of The Great Outdoors” lineup. This time with a new tang stamp, SC502, with Pronghorn Antelope bust art. The number of patterns was continued with six patterns as in 1979. The complete set was pictured in a dealer display, but not a customer boxed set yet.

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  10. deltaboy

    deltaboy

    Jul 6, 2014
    Great finds!
     
  11. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    Unfortunately, Schrade decided to make changes to reduce production costs in 1987 and sometime during that year the black presentation box with red felted tray for the SC502 Polar Bear was replaced by the blue and white fold down box. Thus this year's issue can be found in both packages, as well as in the dealer display of seven Scrimshaw knives. The sheaths also changed from the pouch style to the molded handle strap style.

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  12. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    The art on the SC502 for 1989 is a vertical drawing of a hunter and hound with a treed raccoon. It came in the blue and white fold down box marked “502SC” on the end flap, with the last design sheath. A second pattern sheath knife, the 518SC (158OT) used art of a standing ram. There were seven patterns in the set that year. MSRP of the SC502 was $29.95. At this point the complete set of seven Scrimshaw Of The Great American Outdoors knives is only offered together in the oak framed OC-28 dealer merchandiser display from which they were intended to be sold individually, first from stock in the back of the display and then from the display itself.

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  13. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    The issue I noted back in 2013 is still as yet unresolved to my satisfaction. I acquired an example of the 502SC from that set. It is serialized so came from a broken set. Also I recently saw a near identical set themed "John Deere 160th Anniversary - 1837-1997" with the same type box and same patterns used. The John Deere set is dated on the papers so it is a definite benchmark. No such date notation on the Massey Ferguson set.

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  14. deltaboy

    deltaboy

    Jul 6, 2014
    Thanks I love these knifes!
     
  15. hughd

    hughd

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    Feb 18, 2014
    I recently picked up a (SCHRADE U.S.A. 502SC) pallet Sharpfinger and noticed that the blade is thinner (1/32" +/-) than my older ones. What gives? Has this been discussed before?
    (So it is basically 1/8" vs 5/32" thick)
     
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  16. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    Yes. Would I be correct in guessing that your blade is stainless? Most of those were. The stainless stock is nominally thinner than the carbon steel stock. And thinner than previous stainless like the earlier 152UH and limited editions. Is the grind hollow or plain?
     
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  17. hughd

    hughd

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    Feb 18, 2014
    The tang stamp is (SCHRADE U.S.A. 502SC) but after reading some of your earlier posts I guess that does not necessarily mean carbon steel. Guess I'll have to try a forced patina to know for sure. As far as the grind it looks flat to me but I'm not sure I could tell the difference.
     
  18. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    Here is the last, the hollow ground blade.
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    A "+" indicates stainless, but not all stainless is marked.
     
  19. hughd

    hughd

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    Feb 18, 2014
    Thanks, this one is not hollow ground and no "+"...
     
  20. RACA

    RACA

    1
    Jul 17, 2018
    Good morning:

    I am new in this forum, and this is the thread that threw me in.

    First of all, I want to thank Codger for his entusiasm and his generosity with the information he has gathered throughout these years.

    A week ago I was able to buy a Sharpfinger "The Big Stag" model, and found Codger´s thread, looking out for info in the net...

    I got in touch with the people in SMKW and asked about the Deer Series, because Codger mentioned that possibly these knives were a special issue for SMKV..., and they have just confirmed that the four knives shown in this tread are the only ones made, and that they were made as a special issue for them on the 2000 year. Brian Wilhoite, Senior Designer of Special Projects even sent a photograph of the imprinted publicity. There were 1500 pieces of each one of the models made for sale. I will try to insert the photo as soon as possible.

    I hope to learn a lot more in this Forum.
     

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