- Nov 28, 2012
Not really, no. I have a Schrade folder from the late 1970s (94OT frame) but it is not in particularly good shape, and it has a carbon steel blade. The old knife has a much thinner blade profile than the new 93OT, but that's about the only point of comparison. The snap is dead on the older knife, it has a fair amount of play when open with the liner lock engaged, one of the bolsters came off (exposing the Swinden key) and the tip broke off which I did a poor job of reprofiling. So compared to that old beat up knife, the new one is a peach.Thanks for the review! :thumbup::thumbup:
John, do you have any experience with the Schrade USA Old Timers, and would it be fair to compare the current Schrade OTs to the old ones? Thanks.
I have a more recent 104OT (small pen knife) USA made but it is still NIB and I have not used it for anything. It was a gift from someone a while back. When I get a chance I'll take it out and look to see. It's a much smaller knife so blade thicknesses won't be a good gauge.
Edit: Ok, I finally had a chance to get out the 104OT.
The USA-made knife is a little prettier.
The sawcut Delrin is more of a true dark brown fading to lighter browns and amber, while the new knife is almost a black-brown with little transition to a taupe gray. The fine jigging lines in the Delrin are a bit more refined and smoother on the US version. Also, the line between the Delrin and the liners is a smoothly finished line where it looks a bit more uneven on the Taylor knife. It looks like they didn't worry about finishing off that side of the liner before attaching the Delrin to it, but waited until after assembly to polish the backspring area. It looks like it would be jagged but it is smooth to the touch. Also, the blade finish on the US-made is a little shinier, though both are a satin finish. The US knife is carbon steel so that might account for it.
Functionally, the Taylor knife is better. The action is smoother and the walk and talk is better. The blades are much sharper out of the box. Flush backsprings when opened, whereas one of the 104OT blades has a slightly proud backspring when open. Of course, the proof would be in the using. How well it holds an edge, ease of sharpening, whether or not it develops any blade play with use, etc.
But in general, I would say a non-collector just looking for a working knife in a slipjoint style wouldn't have anything to complain about with the new Taylor-made Schrades, based on my one experience so far.