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Schrade Lake & Walker - initial impression

Mar 25, 1999
<a title="The knife from the left side, open" href="http://www.canit.se/%7Egriffon/knives/schrade/slw1-side.jpg"><img src="http://www.canit.se/%7Egriffon/knives/schrade/_slw1-side.jpg" alt="" align="right"></a>The first impression I got handling this drop point small-to-medium frame lock with lock folder it was <strong>light and smooth</strong>. Almost everything on it is either rounded or polished, even parts of the blade you'll rarely come in contact with.

I got mine because I wanted a relatively sturdy one about this size, but not with metal handles, as that's uncomfortable when it's cold. It's a perfect size, just a tad over the weight I was aiming for and the blade could almost have been designed by me and to some extent also the handle.

It's not perfect, but on many counts it comes close to how I'd've specified the design.

<a title="The clip side, folded" href="http://www.canit.se/%7Egriffon/knives/schrade/slw1-clip.jpg"><img src="http://www.canit.se/%7Egriffon/knives/schrade/_slw1-clip.jpg" alt="The skeletonized clip curves a bit so it's not covering the locking bar." align="left"></a>
The pocket clip is of a low ride design, something I like. It's formed of the same piece of titanium which forms the single liner/frame lock, so you can't change the position of it or even remove it.

It's got dual thumb studs, which is good (I wouldn't've purchased it otherwise), but with gloves it's hardly possible to open it lefthanded. As frame and liner locks go, it's of course not symmetrical, but it feels OK in both hands when it's opened.

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<a title="Spine side of knife" href="http://www.canit.se/%7Egriffon/knives/schrade/slw1-top.jpg"><img src="http://www.canit.se/%7Egriffon/knives/schrade/_slw1-top.jpg" alt="There are thumb groove, but some of them are quite recessed between the bolsters." ></a><a title="Edge side" href="http://www.canit.se/%7Egriffon/knives/schrade/slw1-edge.jpg"><img src="http://www.canit.se/%7Egriffon/knives/schrade/_slw1-edge.jpg" alt="The locking bar doesn't move much to the locked position. The lock lock switch is on the right side of the blade by the pivot." ></a></td></tr></table>

I would have preferred the blade not being hollow ground, but the blade isn't very thick and it's ground almost to the spine so the difference from a flat grind isn't large at all.

The piece of the frame lock which comes into contact with the tang is a round steel disk. When you engage the lock lock by sliding down the switch it blocks the outside of the disk so it cannot be disengaged. I find that the lock lock switch isn't in a very accessible position, which is of course good to prevent unintended release, so I don't think it's meant to be used always and the rest of the mechanism seems adequate for most uses by itself.

Construction feels solid and it's comfortable putting pressure on the handle when cutting. The surface seems textured mostly for looks, but so far I think I get a good enough grip on it.
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Steel: BG-42
Blade length: 71 mm
Blade thickness up to: 2.7 mm
Total length: 172 mm
Thickness excluding clip: 11 mm
including clip: 16 mm
Mass: 0.085 kg

Urban Fredriksson
Latest update: Calypso Jr Lightweight

"I've always been fascinated by Scandinavian knives [...] they're simple, in an advanced way".
- Bob Loveless

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Griffon, You did a nice job with your post. It looks like a nice knife. My only question is "Do you think it is worth what you paid?"
I don't know what it cost you, but they are listing for around $200.00. It is nice to see Schrade offer something modern. I have used thier pocket knives since I was a kid and they have always served me well.
Where did you get yours, and how much do they cost?

Danbo, soul brother of Rambo
Originally posted by Ed Gordon:
My only question is "Do you think it is worth what you paid?"
So far: Yes. But I got it to use it, so you'll hear from me again in a month or two with a report on how much I've used it and if it's really "replaced" something else or not.
I'm in Sweden, so what they list for here isn't really comparable to anything in US$, but it seems like the importer has tried to keep the price down.

<small>(In another thread we discussed photos from different angles, these ones must really have been lacking from the maker's website as a noticably larger proportion looked at the large ones and not just the thumbnails than usual.

Urban Fredriksson
Latest updates:
Schrade Lake & Walker
Calypso Jr Lightweight
A handmade Russian hunting knife

"I've always been 1fascinated by Scandinavian knives [...] they're simple, in an advanced way".
- Bob Loveless
Nice review, thanks. I saw this knife at Scharade booth at IWA'2000 in March but I didn't play with it. My attention was somewhat absorbed with their D'Alton Holder's classic hunting knife which wined International Knife Award in this knife category.

In my opinion it is not a good idea to bend the clip's lower end against drawing direction, earlier or later it could catch the pocket edge...

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