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Schrade 1982 NKCA Stag Trapper Question

Discussion in 'Schrade Knives Collectors Forum' started by Mob Mentality, Jun 21, 2017.

  1. Mob Mentality

    Mob Mentality

    Dec 14, 2014
    I recently purchased a Schrade 1982 NKCA Stag Trapper. Unlike many that I have seem the bolster is stamped 281L. I was wondering what this could mean. As I haven't seen any with a letter stamped. Any info would be great.

  2. thawk


    Oct 28, 2006
    The 2811 on the bolster is a serial number. It tells you there were at least that many made. There might have been a run of 3000 or 5000.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2017
  3. Mob Mentality

    Mob Mentality

    Dec 14, 2014
    Thanks for your response. To me the last number really looks like an L maybe the bolster got scratched and made the 1 look like an L not sure.
  4. Duckdog

    Duckdog Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2012
    There was a run of 10,000 that year and the original price was $24.50. I have #3244. Nice sambar handle.
  5. koldgold


    Jul 2, 2010
    A photo may help. Ken
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  6. ea42

    ea42 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    The numbers were usually scribed onto the bolsters when the knives were finished using a hand operated pantograph. They were cut using a diamond tipped point. There were brass number that were placed in the machine. These had a groove through them that matched their shape. You traced the groove with a stylus and this was transferred in much smaller form to the bolster. The problem was that sometimes the operator would slip, oftentimes at the end because you're pressing down. This slip would also transfer to the bolster as a scratch, which is probably what you have there. If it was really bad the bolster would have to be re-polished and the etch done over.


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