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Question re. Scale Materials - 234K, 896K ‘butter & molasses’

Discussion in 'Schrade Knives Collectors Forum' started by fishinfs, Nov 4, 2018.

  1. fishinfs


    Nov 8, 2005
    Can anyone tell me whether these scales were made from celluloid, Delrin, or could be either depending on when the knife was manufactured?

    Some of these are beautiful knives, and I’ve thought of picking one up, but always held back because I didn’t know what I’d be getting and I don’t want to buy one with cell covers.

    I suspect that pre 1964 or so are cell and more recent vintage are Delrin. Any guidance? Thanks-
  2. tongueriver

    tongueriver Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2007
    The first ones were celluloid and have a more translucent appearance. About 1960/61 they were replaced with Delrin covers, which have a duller, more opaque appearance. Additionally, I believe that a late version of the 896K had Delrin covers that were made to look like wood; this was also found on some of the later 832s (not referring to the WondaWood or propwood here).
  3. fishinfs


    Nov 8, 2005
    Thank you very much!

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