Uncle Henry With Carbon Blades?

Discussion in 'Schrade Knives Collectors Forum' started by Coonskinner, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. Coonskinner


    Mar 28, 2001
    I recently picked up an older Uncle Henry Trapper with carbon blades, a SchradeWalden.

    When did UH go to the all stainless production?
  2. Cutty73

    Cutty73 Banned BANNED

    Jul 14, 2013
    I can tell you the Schrade Walden stamp is pre 1973.
  3. Coonskinner


    Mar 28, 2001

    Right. I know the Walden stamp pre-dates 1973.

    But Schrade was using some stainless even then.

    At some point, the Uncle Henrys were all stainless. I personally had never gotten a hold of one that wasn't stainless, but this knife is definitely 1095.

    I was curious if there was a date when they stopped making any Uncle Henrys in carbon.

  4. Dave Thinkstoomuch

    Dave Thinkstoomuch Banned BANNED

    Jun 15, 2009
    It varied by pattern. The last Uncle Henry to make the switch to stainless was the "Golden Spike" 153UH which remained 1095 until mid-1995 or so. To quote Codger:

    "Some tang stamps, applied to the right side of the tang perpendicular to the blade, are "SCHRADE" over "U.S.A. 153UH" on the right ricasso. Note that it did not use the "SCHRADE+" stainless identifier until the later (post 1995 ½)... Most of the “SCHRADE” marked knives have carbon blades, as it is now known with some certainty they were made from 1967-1995, and the stainless “SCHRADE+” blades during the last nine years of production (1995-2004). Most of the carbon knives I have seen so far have the signature on the guard, but no serial number."

    This is reflected in the catalogs as well.

    The 285UH "Pro-Trappers" knife was first listed in catalogs in 1969 and had "High Carbon Cutlery Steel" blades, read 1095, vs. "High Carbon Stainless" blades in the other patterns.

    This description is used in every catalog up to and including 1972. So think carbon for sure from 1969 to 1972.

    Now it gets a bit muddy. In the 1973 catalog the 285UH is still individually described as having "tool steel" blades but nothing is said about the others being stainless. In the general description it says all the Uncle Henry's are made from "special analysis high-carbon tool steel". The "Old Timer" knives are described as having "high carbon cutlery steel" blades in this catalog.

    It stays a bit fuzzy from then on until the 1977 catalog where the 127UH is specifically described as having "rust resistant Schrade steel" while the 285UH still has "tool steel" blades. This makes me think the 285UH was still carbon at this point.

    I think 1977 was the last year of carbon blades for the 285UH trapper. In 1978 catalog all Uncle Henry folding knives are first described as having "Rust Resistant Schrade+ Steel" blades.

    All this is from digging through the catalogs and not because I'm a 285UH expert. Please correct me, guys, if I made any errors!
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2013
  5. Coonskinner


    Mar 28, 2001
    Great info and very comprehensive.

    So about all I know for sure is that it is pre-1973 since it is a Walden.


    I appreciate it much.
  6. Dave Thinkstoomuch

    Dave Thinkstoomuch Banned BANNED

    Jun 15, 2009
    Yup, your knife was most likely made between 1969 and 1973. I think that includes 1973 as well. '73 catalog still says "Schrade Walden Cutlery". 1974 catalog is "Schrade Cutlery Corp."

    Thanks to lrv (Larry), many catalogs can be found here: http://www.collectors-of-schrades-r.us/Catalogs/index.htm

    Dig into them and much will be revealed ;)
  7. thawk


    Oct 28, 2006
    The carbon steel versions continued after 1973 as well. And some of the Schrade Waldens were stainless for sure. I've always found this very topic to hold some intrigue as well as contradiction.

    This one does not say stainless or have a SCHRADE+, and the pamplet said High Carbon Tool Steel. Note it also has the razor finished blades, which I would think were more indicative of stainless steel.

    Good info Dave!




    Very collectible, and you can find both Schrade Walden and Schrade NY USA versions of the 285UH (as well as the 885UH) with milled liners, and a variety of different stampings too. And don't always count on the catalogs for accuracy either.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2013
  8. Coonskinner


    Mar 28, 2001
    My version is a used one, with stained and sharpened blades, and more character than collector's value.

    I got it for nearly nothing, though, and I love the old Schrades and Schrade Waldens for carry knives.

    There is something about the combination of Schrade's 1095 and the thin grinds that creates an edge that I find hard to replicate with any other modern knife.

    I have accumulated enough of them to keep supplied with carry knives for the rest of my days and then some, but I am always looking out for a bargain.

    Thank you, gentlemen.
  9. koldgold


    Jul 2, 2010
    What is ment by “High Carbon Steel”?
    Schrade used a number of blade steels. Some they called "Stainles" and they uesd more Chromium and Silicon in that steel.
    440B : had a carbon content of up to 1.20
    BG-42: had a carbon content of up to1.15
    1095: had a carbon content of up to1.03
    TTS-34 and 154CM had a carbon content of up to 1.05
    I think there is more to blade steel then a stamp that says "stainless" or 'Schrade+" ... Ken
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2013
  10. Jeff Jenness

    Jeff Jenness

    Sep 2, 2010
    I don't think 440B has more than about 0.8% carbon and I have never heard of Schrade using BG-42. If they "snuck" it into their knives then they sold them too cheaply and never advertised it, or did I miss that one? I guess I could have.
  11. koldgold


    Jul 2, 2010
    Jeef, I am reading from a Schrade specks sheet. The readings are MAX.
    440A 0.60-0.70 440B 0.75-0.95 440C 0.95-1.20
    As for BG42, Schrade used BG42 for their first D'holder and their Lake & Walker knives in 2000. At $200 each, I do not think they sold them too cheaply.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2013
  12. delmas2nd

    delmas2nd Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2008
    1095: had a carbon content of 1.03
    just a small correction the 1095 designation means that it had a range of carbon of 0.90-1.03% averaging approximately 0.95% hence the name SAE 1095.
  13. koldgold


    Jul 2, 2010
    "Just a small correction"
    Two of the "stainless blades" I have listed have about the same amount of carbon as the "1095 carbon blade."
    They are the Schrade 440B and 440C.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2013
  14. tongueriver

    tongueriver Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2007
    All cutlery steels, stainless or not, are high carbon. In fact, in the later years of Schrade's manufactury, they may have used the term "high carbon" in advertising material to describe knives which were stainless steel.
  15. koldgold


    Jul 2, 2010
    tongueriver, I'm with you 100% and the use of "High carbon in advertising material" I'm 110% with you.
    High carbon sounds OK to me, and you get it for free. That is advertising at its' best.

    Carbon is used in all steel. I rest my case. Ken.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2013
  16. Jeff Jenness

    Jeff Jenness

    Sep 2, 2010
    Hey, koldgold.

    I think your specs are right but I also think you meant 440C instead of 440B.

    My comment was the use of BG-42 for William Henry which was the topic of the thread. Sorry, misunderstood. I remember that knife and it was nice but pricey!

    I would love to have William Henry stockman in BG-42!! That would be nice!

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