USA SCHRADE CRAFTSMAN AMERICAN EAGLE Photos.......PLUS Different Tang Stamps Buffalo Bill 166 plus 41OT

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G'Day, I dont recall discussion on this before. I notice there are 2 different tang stampings on the BB166. ,Buffalo Bill Fixed blade from late 60's early 70's.
I have a MIB with original parchment which depicts Schrade Walden Made in USA identical to Tang Stamp. <No 166 stamping>. #00556.
I have 2 other BB166 and both have tang stamp which includes 166 which is unlike those shown in the Schrade parchment. Both are Numbered over 2000.
Q: Is the B166 without the 166 stamp original production Sears and the others later production SW's? The box shows nothing to indicate Sears. Refer photos.
Also some photos of the very similar but not identical 41OT 'Old Timer' Maverick produced 1971-73 and the Sears Craftsman American Eagle 'Sportsman' 6 73601. <Different cross guards and tang stampings and the 41OT is a flat blade grind unlike the Sportsman, however both have identical SS <Stainless Steel> reverse tang stamps.
I just luv early Schrade ""Civil War"" sheaths. Hoo Roo
 

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more photos of course....
 

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and the 41OT and Sears Craftsman Sportsman.....
 

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Larry, I've got #4139 and it has the 166 stamp. Being yours is such a low numbered knife, perhaps the 166 stamp wasn't ready when the first batches were produced. I don't recall these knives being offered through Sears, or at least as a special Sears product with the wood handles. I think the Sears versions only had the delrin handles. Nice collection!!

Eric
 
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Thread brought up for NDunford..his blank blade sure looks a lot like the Buffalo Bill 166 and his cross guard looks original to his blade....make a great restoration project with the timber handles..Hoo Roo
 
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Agreed, and your handle pin holes in similar location and diameter......I can't recall any other Schrade-Walden Fixed blades with the Fullers and brass 'cutlass'guard..I guess the Buffalo Bill blade etch would have been added if your knife had been completed....
 
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The 41ot is so awesome I just passed out in my chair. The rest are great too but just.....wow!
 

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Larry, I've got #4139 and it has the 166 stamp. Being yours is such a low numbered knife, perhaps the 166 stamp wasn't ready when the first batches were produced. I don't recall these knives being offered through Sears, or at least as a special Sears product with the wood handles. I think the Sears versions only had the delrin handles. Nice collection!!

Eric

I seem to remember a quantity being sold to Sears early in production before the advent of the American Eagle series version with the Delrin handle. Production records don't specify minor changes such as tang markings though. Perhaps you or Larry V can look it up in the production records.
 
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It's a long story why and how I started collecting Schrade fixed blades. But mostly it was how heavy and sturdy nearly every example is. The big USA pounded into the blade also is appealing to me. It seems nearly all were made to be used. So to a beginner collector like myself they are all beautiful,but the finish on that 41 is really somethin else. My wife is gonna kill me.
 
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Some more photos of interest I posted previously of my beloved USA Schrades to stimulate further discussion...photos are worth a thousand words....Hoo Roo
 
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Original Photos of my USA Schrade American Eagle Collection, in reference to recent query from Forum Member 'Scotl'.. on these beautiful designed Schrade Blades & Iconic Sheaths..
 
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Thank you Larry. I appreciate your responding with these pictures of your high grade collection. It appears that we have a very similar appetite for these old Schrade/Craftsman fixed blade beauties. I only have one BB166, #04097. They have been much harder for me to find in decent condition than the American Eagle Collection (AEC) knives.
Here's a shot of my BB166 knife and a Craftsman "Bowie" with the wall mounting plaque. This is the only one I have seen. It has always been in the box and the nameplate has been discolored by the chemicals in the old cardboard but overall I like it. I would really like to see more of your collection.
Schrade Bowie Plaque.jpg
BB166.jpg
 

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Here's one of my complete sets of the original four knives from the American Eagle Collection.

Amer Eagle set paper.jpg


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