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Schrade 152OT Sharpfinger

Discussion in 'Schrade Knives Collectors Forum' started by Halfneck, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. bladecollectorr

    bladecollectorr

    80
    Oct 7, 2017
    Seconded. This is the only one I've seen too. I scoured the web to find another and could not.

    As you mentioned this 15th Duck Stamp knife is also seen with a bone stag handle. So that's three different bone handle variations all with serial numbers. This was number 1267. Right in the middle of the production run. The rivets etc on this blonde example seem legit Schrade factory construction to me too. The flyer for this one obviously doesn't tell the whole story.
     
  2. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    This example is serialized with a high number, 1267, so legit as far as I am concerned, not an aftermarket construction. The next year's flyer used the same illustration and very close text for the DS16 issue. But possibly they ran out of the dyed jigged green bone covers. It still doesn't explain this one due to the year etch and "15th Anniversary" coined shield.

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  3. bladecollectorr

    bladecollectorr

    80
    Oct 7, 2017
    The catalogs, short-lines, price-lists and the flyers don't quite match on this one. I think the DS16 description in the 2003 price-list is likely a straight-up typo. I believe the flyers got it right.

    DS15: should be laser-cut Sharpfinger. These two match.
    short-line 2002: http://collectors-of-schrades-r.us/Catalogs/images/2002-CATS.pdf
    flyer: http://collectors-of-schrades-r.us/FLYERS/2000s/pages/SC01-CP176.htm

    DS16: should be red bone trapper with serrated blade. These two do not match. I think flyer is correct.
    2003 price-list: http://collectors-of-schrades-r.us/pricelist/images/2003-PRICELIST.pdf
    flyer: http://collectors-of-schrades-r.us/FLYERS/2000s/pages/SC02-CP194.htm
     
  4. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    Or... quite possibly they failed to sell the planned 4,000 pieces of the DS15 and thought to sell the remainders in 2002-2003 with the stag bone handles? We can only guess! You saw the MSRP?
     
  5. bladecollectorr

    bladecollectorr

    80
    Oct 7, 2017
    I saw matching MSRP. What you say is possible but they certainly wouldn't have been converted to a DS16 Sharpfinger. The shield and etch have the year on them. I have never seen a Sharpfinger with DS16 shield or etch. It may have taken them more time to sell the DS15's than expected but still the DS16 was made and it's a trapper.

    Where's koldgold's 2003 catalog when we need it? Are there a couple Duck Stamp knives in it? I 2nd the request for him to send that to Larry V. It needs to be archived.
     
  6. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    I did a cursory review of DS15 images and found the serials of the green pick bone knives on either side of the bare stagged bone knife's #1267. #1171 and #1553. So it doesn't seem likely the switch was because they ran out of pick bone covers. Guess I need a larger sampling of serials including the stagged bone.
     
  7. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    Here is the Sharpfinger you've all been waiting to see! The original Codger 1976 152OT!

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    Now 43 years old and carried and used most of those years. Back when I bought it, the price was $15. And that was a lot of money. Consider that gas was $0.59 per gallon. And when adjusted for inflation, those $15 1976 dollars would be $66.36 in today's dollars. So paying as much as $60 for one new in the box today isn't such a bad deal after all!
     
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  8. Everglades

    Everglades

    26
    Jul 2, 2016
    I can add a little info to the Duck Stamp DS15 knives
    I have eight DS15 knives with stag bone handles .. some dyed .. some natural.
    They have the flying duck cut out, but no other special markings
    All schrade + blades, finished is perfect, they are beautiful knives.
    I assume that are overruns, they are not seconds, they are perfect.
    I purchased them from SMKW for about $9.99 each about the time Schrade went under.
    They came in a plastic bag , no paperwork. For years I though they were Ducks Unlimited.
    If anyone has a old SMKW catalogue the were catalogued with no mention of Duck Stamp or Duck Unlimited.
    There is so much to learn about the Sharpfinger knives
    Thank You Codger for all of your research
     
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  9. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    Good info Everglades! Am I correct to assume they aren't shielded? Give us a family picture of them when you can! You can use tinypic.com to upload them. Just copy the link they give and paste it in your post.
     
  10. Everglades

    Everglades

    26
    Jul 2, 2016
    Correct no shield
    Will try to post a picture
     
  11. Everglades

    Everglades

    26
    Jul 2, 2016
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  12. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
     
  13. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    1995 Scrimshaw set featured art by John Duffy. The 502SC was a scene of antelope on a western prairie.
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    These knives were offered individually in fold down boxes or in sets with matching serials. Commonly, there would be 1,500 sets and 1,500 singles, or so the flyers said.

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    Original MSRP in 1995 was $39.95. Adjusted for inflation to today's dollars, that would be $65.98. For a NIB example complete with correct sheath, papers, etc.
     
  14. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    As the 1990's wore on, it seems that sales of the Scrimshaw knives were waning. Market saturation? Twenty years of "Limited Editions" with wildlife art added up to a lot of individual pieces in consumer hands. One last effort to keep the Scrimshaw Of The American Outdoors series alive with fresh artwork was made in 1996 with the art of a bull and cow moose.

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  15. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    So in 1996, they decided to try a different way to market the Scrimshaw sets. Instead of the wooden box sets previous, they tried a lasered oak box and new theme, "Wildlife for Tomorrow". This set featured a 502SC with a standing whitetail deer image.
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  16. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    The scrimshaw art for the 1997 Sharpfinger pattern (502SC97) was recycled Frank Giorgianni art from the 1979 501SC drop point, a deer bust in profile. It was repeated in 1998, 1999 and 2000 when it was last listed in catalogs.

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  17. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    Also in 1997, the 1996 "Wildlife For Tomorrow" set was upgraded to the SC97MLTD "Endangered Species" set with the gray wolves on the 502SC pattern.

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    I don't have that issue yet but here is the catalog ad copy of it:

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  18. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    I had missed most of the customized Sharpfingers which added only the customer's blade etch, though I have shown a few I have seen such as the one with ag business "Farmland" on the blade. Here is one I did manage to get, another SFO for SMKW, "Coal Miner's Companion". No info yet on date and quantity though.
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    ETA: A bit more info now that the knife is in hand. The handle is, as it appears in the photo, black Delrin like the GDOT. Otherwise, it has the mid to late 90's tang stamp and standard Old Timer shield.
     
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2019
  19. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    Here is another recent find, a blank 501SC Scrimshaw. Most likely also sold by SMKW.
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    I'd had the blank 152/502SC knife for quite a few years, but not seen many of the 154/501SC pattern blank.

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  20. koldgold

    koldgold

    Jul 2, 2010
    This is something I know nothing about.
    However, the DS15 and DS16 used the same blade.
    It is quite obvious, that there were left-over blades when Schrade closed down.
    In the last days at Schrade, mismatched knives were put together with odd parts.
    I do not have a DS15 or a DS16. However, I do have these last day knives... Ken
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    Last edited: Apr 3, 2019
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