- Apr 14, 2008
oh no! he was great and a true artist. very kind and willing to help in any way. i am lucky enough to have several of his creations and treasure them.
HHi Ken! Sorry but records from 2003-2004 are sparse at best. No real data on pieces assembled and shipped either in those dealer sets or as singles like mine was. I wish we had more.Hi Codger,
Do you have any information on the 2004 wooden handle Anniversary Sharp-finger.
Hope you are OK... Ken.
Discussing these knives with other collectors, it came to my attention that there was a third issue of the 152OTO. I've not yet found that SMKW catalog to confirm them to have been the customer in 2003-2004, but it seems likely they were. These late order knives have the post July 2001 hollow grind and are only seen in the last box design.1991 - Another special issue is the 152OTO knife with hunter orange Delrin handle and "OLD TIMER" or “LIMITED EDITION” shield. It was commissioned by Smokey Mountain Knife Works circa 1991 for inclusion in their "father and son" hunting sets with the 165OTO "DEERHUNTER", 15OTO "LIMITED EDITION", and 158OTO with an "OLD TIMER" shield. The original production 152OTO most often are found with sheaths having a deer head image embossed on the front. Quite a number of these orange handled knives appeared for sale after the Schrade closing, so they are unique, but not really rare. I believe these used the 1095HC carbon steel blades and had the standard "Schrade USA 152" tangstamp. “Father and Son” sets (152OTO and 15OTO) were again offered in 1998.
For those who have managed to follow along so far, you will remember my mention of the reuse of some of Giorgianni's art on later issues after his 1992 retirement. Here is one prime example of multiple uses.
The scrimshaw art for the 1983 Sharpfinger pattern (SC502) was a brown bear and hound. This was the first issue to include the new SAS17 drop-in sheath. There were eight patterns in the 1983 issue.
A special factory order for K-Mart was made also in 1983 reversing the art on the pile side handle with special tang stamp, SC205, also on the pile side. Both issues were sold in the black gift box with molded felted tray.
This artwork would be reused much later on the 1998 drop point 154UH stamped 501SC , "Wildlife Collector's Limited Edition" knife.
And as a curiosity, there was a sample made for K-Mart but not used, which even reversed the colors of the Delrin and stamp.
Unfortunately I have not found much on the set in the archives (yet). But I will keep looking. Did your set come with any papers?oh wow i have the 1998 set. so nice to see it featured and learn some background on it.