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1973 Name Change

Discussion in 'Schrade Knives Collectors Forum' started by black mamba, May 7, 2019.

  1. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    When the Schrade Walden era ended in 1973, did anything actually change with the making of the knives, or was it simply a name change? New ownership, new factory, change in manufacturing processes, etc.????
     
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  2. TheChunk91

    TheChunk91 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 15, 2013
    I know the knives themselves were not affected by the change as far as quality and manufacturing goes.
     
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  3. bladecollectorr

    bladecollectorr

    80
    Oct 7, 2017
    Here's a helpful link: http://collectors-of-schrades-r.us/articles/Schrade History.pdf

    It's just a name change. Schrade Walden made sense when the factory was in Walden NY. They moved from Walden to Ellenville in 1958. After 15 years in Ellenville the name wasn't so appropriate anymore. That's my understanding.
     
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  4. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Thanks guys, I appreciate the info.
     
  5. sac troop

    sac troop

    885
    Mar 4, 2009
    Nice document, but it is 20 years old now. As I understand it the Baer Family maintained controlling shares of several knife companies until the early 21st century when different ones were being sold off.
    Schrade was obtained by Taylor Brands in 2004.
    I think most of the changes during the period from 1946 to 2004 were done for branding, marketing, and other business organizational reasons.
     
  6. bladecollectorr

    bladecollectorr

    80
    Oct 7, 2017
    A point of clarification for any new Schrade collectors: all Imperial Schrade Corp's intellectual property was purchased by Taylor Brands in 2004. Taylor Brands did not buy the remaining inventory, tools and equipment or the Ellenville factory itself.
     
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  7. sac troop

    sac troop

    885
    Mar 4, 2009
    Yes bladecollectorr makes a very good point, (no pun intended). The stories of the history of American knife companies can get very complex, and we can sometimes give shorter answers to general questions than others would consider are really accurate.
     
  8. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    The name change actually occurred in late 1972, not January 1973. You will note two catalogs for 1973, published in the fall/winter of 1972. As for production, sheath knives continued to be made at the Walden factory for some time after most production had been moved to Ellenville.
     
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