Schrade 152OT Sharpfinger

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That's cool - the black scales is a nice touch - I think I read somewhere that a famous biker dude used to wear a sharpfinger
 

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Here is a clampack not often seen these days. A SFO for Walmart, I bought mine back when the factory closed and the stores were closing out inventories. The IHEA (International Hunters Education Association) sets were offered in several patterns from at least 2000 on. This is a 2001 152OTCPH issue as noted on the pin.



These dated bonus clampacks help to define the boundaries of package art changes as well as some engineering changes. The plain ground blade shows the knife produced before mid-2001 when it was changed to the hollow grind. It also has the last of the three tangstamp variants showing that the last one came into use by at least 2001, not with the grind change or final packaging change 2003-2004. The rear of the card notes the Schrade website indicating post July 1998 production.
 
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Another SGS-1 Gift Set. This one is also complete less the white shipping sleeve. The paper is copyright 1991 with no web site listed. So that brackets it as 1991-1998. The knife is also plain ground with the first tangstamp variant. I like the rich burgundy flocked tray on this one. The box is leatherette vinyl covered and a silver mylar sticker is used on the tray rather than screen printing.



This one is earlier with woodgrain box and printed tray. All packaging less the sleeve missing. Cutler logo helps date it roughly. First tangstamp and plain grind but SAS-19 sheath.



This is a slightly earlier one in the woodgrain vinyl covered gift box and printed tray. Unfortunately all of the packaging but the shipping sleeve is missing. However the sheath dates the set to 1983-1988. The tang stamp and blade grind agree.
 

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I showed the first Sharpfinger box recently and here is the last. Used circa 2003-2004, this was the final production box design for the 152OT. The knives themselves were hollow ground 440 stainless by this time.

 

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More trivia? During the last year or two of production, another process change was made. The scotchbrite operation after grinding was combined with the grinder process resulting in a slightly coarser finish on those hollow ground blades. They used a coolant on the doubleheader hollow grinder rather than the wax abrasive compound on the scotchbrite wheel.

 
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This was my dad's Pederson's Hunting promo 154. My sister fancies it so I got the leather greased up, cleaned it up just a bit, and took a few pictures before it goes to live with her. I have fond memories of adventures with my dad and this blade.
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This was my dad's Pederson's Hunting promo 154. My sister fancies it so I got the leather greased up, cleaned it up just a bit, and took a few pictures before it goes to live with her. I have fond memories of adventures with my dad and this blade.
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Nice! Heirloom knives are special, aren't they? I tried the 154OT pattern myself but I suppose that by then I was just too familiar with the Sharpfinger and the drop point just didn't feel right. I still have several in my colllection as well as some of the 158OT guthook which took it's0 place in the lineup. For whatever reason, the "Hunting" drop point was produced in far smaller quantity than the "Guns&Ammo" Sharpfinger. So they are less common today.
 

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A quick target of opportunity. There it was and too cheap to pass up. The 152UH was only made for five years, 1994-1998, and not too many were made. At least compared to their Old Timer kin. The knife isn't as rough as the poor eBay picture suggested. It only has a few light scratches but appears basically unused.


 

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I've always wanted one. Never bought one because I did not know if the newer ones were quality.
 

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I've always wanted one. Never bought one because I did not know if the newer ones were quality.
The older U.S.A. Schrade 152UH is still available new in the box as well as used. They are good quality. I can't speak for the Taylor or BTI knives.
 

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I've mentioned it before but it bears repeating. If you find a 152UH with a hollow ground blade, after the 152UH was discontinued in 1998, another short production was made in 2003 in clampack for Walmart.
 

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I've mentioned it before but it bears repeating. If you find a 152UH with a hollow ground blade, after the 152UH was discontinued in 1998, another short production was made in 2003 in clampack for Walmart.

 
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A quick target of opportunity. There it was and too cheap to pass up. The 152UH was only made for five years, 1994-1998, and not too many were made. At least compared to their Old Timer kin. The knife isn't as rough as the poor eBay picture suggested. It only has a few light scratches but appears basically unused.



yeah, I saw that one. I had it in my watch list, but I think the auction went off at a time that I couldn't bid on it. plus, I've bought a few things lately and I have to space out my purchases so as not to get my wife's attention
 

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Tonight's Sharpfinger trivia... remember the parchment colored boxes of the 1976-77-78 Scrimshaws? With the drawing of a sailor working a whale tooth?



Take a closer look. What knife is that?

 

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I've mentioned it before but it bears repeating. If you find a 152UH with a hollow ground blade, after the 152UH was discontinued in 1998, another short production was made in 2003 in clampack for Walmart.
Another target of opportunity. This is one of those 2003 152UH knives I mentioned without it's clampack. Now I am not tempted to open mine!



Here is the one I already had still in the clampack.



These are the two final finishes I mentioned on the hollow ground blades.
 

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Here is one that continues to elude me. The 1992 issue for New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife. Records indicate an order for 500 pieces. It is one of the very few 152 pattern seen which use the green Delrin handles. They also ordered brass rivets and shield, and the sheath branded with the department logo. So far the few examples I have seen have been used with a weak etch remaining. Perhaps due to the intended recipients being for the most part outdoorsmen who would be most likely to use rather than collect.


 
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Here is one that continues to elude me. The 1992 issue for New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife. Records indicate an order for 500 pieces. It is one of the very few 152 pattern seen which use the green Delrin handles. They also ordered brass rivets and shield, and the sheath branded with the department logo. So far the few examples I have seen have been used with a weak etch remaining. Perhaps due to the intended recipients being for the most part outdoorsmen who would be most likely to use rather than collect.



Yeah, I was watching that auction. It stayed low for a while and I was going to take a crack at it, but then it went crazy.
 

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Yeah, I was watching that auction. It stayed low for a while and I was going to take a crack at it, but then it went crazy.
It certainly sold for more than I would value it but it was also one of those "multiple interest" knives that would attract buyers who were not Schrade collectors. Such as friends, family and current and retired employees of that agency.
 

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I just got the news that Schrade customizer Herman Williams passed away this morning. Not only was he a very talented cutler, but a great guy as well.





 
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