Schrade+ steel

Discussion in 'Schrade Knives Collectors Forum' started by HM, Jul 7, 2000.

  1. HM


    Dec 11, 1999
    It was a long time puzzling question to me:
    What steel are exactly the high carbon steel and the Schrade+ steel used for the knives?

  2. Cerilla


    Mar 15, 2000
    I hope this gets answered quickly. I've been wondering the same thing for years. I heard the carbon steel is 1095, but I am not sure of that.
  3. bansidthe


    Jan 27, 1999
    he high carbon steel is indeed 1095. The Schrade + is 440 A steel. As expected the 1095 wil outperform the 440 A in edge holding. However it does rust.
  4. Tim Faust

    Tim Faust

    Jul 3, 2000
    The carbon steel is 1095 high carbon. As posted earlier, Schrade+ stainless is a 400 series stainless, specially formulated to Schrade's specifications.
  5. mactheknife350


    Nov 5, 2006
    The carbon steel is 1095C, heat-treated to around Rockwell 58C (57-59C).

    Schrade stainless was originally 440C, until in the late 1970s they trademarked Schrade Plus for 440A which had a special heat-treat, enabling the steel to come out of the heat-treat with two points more carbon than it went in. (i.e., originally, about .6 carbon, after heat-treat, .8 and a fine grain structure.)

    A few years before they went belly-up, Schrade changed Schrade Plus from 440A to 420 High Carbon, which they claimed gave as good or better results. In doing so, they were following the lead of Buck and Camillus, both of which had gone to 420HC because it was much cheaper than 440A (i.e., at one time, 72 cents a pound for 420HC, compared to about $2 a pound for 440A at the time. When you make hundreds of thousands of blade a year, these savings can add up.)
  6. Sword and Shield

    Sword and Shield

    Apr 3, 2004
    6 years, three months and 25 days from the last post... how'd you drag up this antique? Hell, how'd you even find this one?
  7. Amos Iron Wolf

    Amos Iron Wolf

    Mar 7, 2006
    LOL, that's pretty good archive diving. I'm glad he did though. A nice, quick, yet informative read.

    Quite a feat though.
  8. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Hey, mactheknife, did you work at Schrade? Your info sounds real specific, and nice to have. Are you a metallurgist??

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