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Schrade 296 question

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by HillbillyHeath, Sep 15, 2018.

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  1. HillbillyHeath

    HillbillyHeath

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    May 25, 2018
    I was recently walking through a community festival and came across a guy selling knives. Me being a knife lover, I had to stop and check out his blades. About all of them were cheap Chinese and Pakistan knives but one did catch my eye. It was an older Shrade Old Timer, with a couple extra features I hadn’t seen before. It’s a large trapper model with Saw cut delrin covers and old timer shield. The main clip blade is stamped “Shrade + USA 296Y” The really interesting part to me is that it has a metal toothpick and tweezers imbedded into the tail end of the knife, similar to how Victorinox “Swiss Army Knife” does it. I’ve searched the Internet and can’t find anything like it. If anyone has any information about it I would greatly appreciate it. Years made? Thanks
     
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  2. HillbillyHeath

    HillbillyHeath

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    May 25, 2018
    Here’s some pictures of the knife
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  3. Minnesota Man

    Minnesota Man Basic Member Basic Member

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    Pics not showing on mobile.
     
  4. HillbillyHeath

    HillbillyHeath

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    May 25, 2018
    How about now?
     
  5. Minnesota Man

    Minnesota Man Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 30, 2014
    they're up now.
     
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  6. Minnesota Man

    Minnesota Man Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 30, 2014
    I can't help you but info will be incoming I'm sure!
     
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  7. glennbad

    glennbad Knife Moddin' Fool Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 13, 2003
    The knife is post '73. It also has stainless blades
     
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  8. Grateful

    Grateful Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 5, 2002
    I have one like it thats a 96 OT that's carbon steel. Pretty good hunting knife.
     
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  9. HillbillyHeath

    HillbillyHeath

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    May 25, 2018
    Yes, I’ve found out that the 96OT is basically the same knife only with carbon steel blades and the Old Timer stamp number... I wonder if mine has a different stamp number because of the stainless blades or because it’s an earlier model ‍♂️
     
  10. AndreLinoge

    AndreLinoge

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    Nov 20, 2014
    The + indicates stainless..

    The Y was used for the yellow delrin knives I thought?

    That could be an EOD (end of days) knife, when they just assembled everything they had parts to do. Old timers were carbon steel almost exclusively, the uncle henry line was the stainless.. the Y could throw that out the window, tho.. not sure, the yellow stuff could have been stainless and old timer shielded.

    Cool you got all the pieces tho! Nice lil pick on that.
     
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  11. That '296Y' stamped blade would seem to have come from the yellow-handled Schrade trapper, by that pattern number. It's likely a rebuild or re-blade, in other words, with the blade from/for a 296Y being swapped into an Old Timer 96OT handle. Or, as mentioned above, just a knife built from scattered leftover parts, in the days just as they were shutting down.

    The '+' after the 'Schrade' stamp is what indicates it's a stainless blade. That's the convention Schrade used, for marking stainless blades. In knives of that era, it's probably 440A, which is what they used for the longest period overall. In later years, not long before Schrade USA closed down, they switched to 420HC for their stainless, IIRC.

    The 'Old Timer' knives with brown sawcut Delrin would ordinarily have an 'OT' (as in Old Timer) after the pattern number, per the reference to the 96 OT mentioned previously.
     
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  12. AndreLinoge

    AndreLinoge

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    Nov 20, 2014
    Ebay to the rescue.. the 296y knives were the 'scrimshaw' mountain man trappers. Pale yellow (ivory looking) delrin covers.
    You maybe have a reblade or an EOD knife. I was able to buy those blades by the 20 lot for a while on ebay. Some have same stamp.


    Edit: looking close, I cant see any evidence of a pin or any refinishing on the bolster, so that one still has a swinden rivet maybe? Which means it was assembled with that blade, right?.. hard to redo a swinden rivet.

    More edit: i dunno, now I can see a pin circle using a better monitor in that second picture. I think.

    It's no big deal really, nice fresh blade to use and enjoy.
     
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  13. HillbillyHeath

    HillbillyHeath

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    May 25, 2018
    That’s what I thought as well... just confusing with the wrong blades with the Old Timer covers. Still a nice piece that I only paid $10 for. Even with thrown together parts, still worth the money lol
     
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  14. HillbillyHeath

    HillbillyHeath

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    May 25, 2018
    I’m beginning to believe it was thrown together at the end of the Schrade USA days using whatever parts they had lying around
     
  15. HillbillyHeath

    HillbillyHeath

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    May 25, 2018
    If the blade was replaced after purchase it was expertly done. I can’t see the pin when looking at the knife. I believe it was made this way from the factory.
     
  16. Rusty1

    Rusty1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2005
    There is evidence all over with different stamped blades on Schrade knives throughout the range of Old Timers, Scrimshaw’s and Uncle Henry folders. More than likely came that way from the factory. Use it and enjoy it!

    Russell
     
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  17. KooKooforKukripuffs

    KooKooforKukripuffs

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    Jul 25, 2018
    Regardless, it's a cool knife and a steal for $10, love it and great find.
     
  18. jwb01

    jwb01 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 6, 2016
    I carried a 96OT in high school and college for a time... that one takes me back... loved that knife. Great find for $10!
     
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  19. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 16, 2018
    Didn't the handles with the toothpick and tweezer come on a model of Old Timer trapper with a saw instead of the spey? Can't remember the model, I'm still learning Schrades myself. I do remember seeing those with the accessories in the handle. I'm thinking you guys are on with the EOD knife.
     
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  20. HillbillyHeath

    HillbillyHeath

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    May 25, 2018
    It came both ways... the 96OT had the spey blade and the 97OT had the saw... I would love to get my hands on one of those as well. It would make an excellent hiking/camping knife.
     
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