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Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Full Tang Drop Point Fixed Blade TPE Handle
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- 1095 High Carbon Steel Drop Point Blade
- Ring Textured TPE Handle Slabs with Lanyard Hole, Ballistic Belt Sheath with Removable Storage Pouch and Lanyard
- Blade Length: 6.4 inch (16.2 cm) Handle Length: 5.7 inch (14.5 cm)
- Overall Length: 12.1 inch (30.7 cm) Weight: 1.0 pounds
- Recreational and professional level use
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The Schrade Extreme Survival fixed blade is one beast of a knife. This rugged fixed blade sports a 6.4"1095 High Carbon Steel drop point blade with a massive 1/4" spine and full tang construction. TPE handle, and ballistic nylon sheath. OAL 12.1", 15.9 oz.
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This survival style knife comes with a nylon belt sheath.
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1. It's too heavy to EDC unless you are really a guide or bushman or Mick Dundee.
2. It's more heavy duty than normal camping or bushcraft would require. A 4-5 inch blade of half of this thickness can be used for most wood processing especially if you have other tools, like a saw or hatchet.
3. Not an ideal fighting knife I would think. I am not a knife fighter, but it isn't balanced for speed and it is not shaped for thrusting or probably even slicing flesh as effectively as it could be.
4. Not idea for skinning or hunting, as you would probably want something with even more belly and probably shorter. Obviously this is not a fillet knife and would be nobody's first choice for that.
5. Not ideal for fine up close work or carving.
So why five stars? Because this thing is excellent at being what it is made for, a one-stop shop. If I was going out into the wild and I could only bring one tool, it would be this (unless I was going to be wet all the time, then it would be a stainless steel equivalent). It is well made, comfortable and effective to use, and can fill many roles pretty well.
It can support a number of grips, but three of note: Normal grip, with plenty of purchase and friction, Choking up on the generous choil for up-close work or cooking tasks, and grabbing it way at the end around the "ball" to get maximum chopping force and reach. It chops reasonably well, and the thick beefy blade and point are confidence inspiring. If you can break this knife, then you are either abusing it or lead a way, way more hardcore life than I can even imagine.
Spine of the blade is nice and thick for batoning and the full tang construction means that you can use pound things with the butt.
It came sharp, and it wasn't hard to put a better edge on it. The recurve makes it a little more difficult if you really want to get it shaving sharp, but it can be done and a simple field sharpen is easy enough.
Sheath is very good, not amazing, but a very well made kydex or leather sheath would cost more than this whole package. It is easy to strap to your leg, has a plastic liner so it should last. The detachable pouch is pretty useful. I keep it separate from the blade and have a fire steel, lighter, tiny Bear Grylls mini torch, lansky knife medic and a couple of fire starter packets... essentially a "get out of the dark" kit. I figure if all I have is a sturdy blade, and a reliable way to make fire... i'll be doing a lot better than if I didn't have those two things.
Bottom line: For the money, It's hard to imagine a better companion. It doesn't get used as much as my other knives, because, frankly I almost always have a knife that does what I specifically want to do better and more conveniently, but if I could only take one knife with me "out there." without knowing what was going on or for how long, I would grab this one. I shopped it against more expensive knives but honestly this one seemed better.
Enter the SCHF9
It had the 1095 steel, the 0.25 blade width, and just shy of 7 inches (with 6 " of actual cutting surface). I had a small Schrade folder from when I was a kid, but I haven't seen any since, so I thought I would test it out and if I hated it I could just exchange it towards one of the Beckers. The knife arrived beautifully, protected well in it's box, even though some textbooks in my order crushed it. The blade steel was clean and spotless, almost a bead blasted- gunmetal gray tone. Heavy, as expected, with a beautiful curve to the blade that resembles the kopis style on my CS Spartan. The blade was sharp enough to shave a small patch of hair on my arm, but still got even sharper with a few pulls through a carbide sharpener I have. The Kraton handles don't line up perfectly with the tang, but are definitely close enough for a knife in this price range. It does not effect the grip or functionality of the knife. They have a comfortable swell to them and are "checkered" with a circle/ half circle pattern which gives it a nice, slightly rubbery grip. I fastened a 550 cord wrist strap to the knife, and I can comfortably move from choking up on the blade with the extra notch in front of the handle and my thumb on the spine of the blade for more control, to a basic forward grip with my thumb on the jimping, to just my first two or three fingers on the end of the handle with the support of the strap for chopping.
Much has been said about the relative cheapness of the sheath. Is it as good as a custom molded sheath? Most probably not. But is it functional as it stands? I think so. I haven't gone and hiked the Appalachians with it on my hip or anything, but the ballistic nylon- type material looks as if it would hold up for most average activity transporting the knife on the hip. You can velcro the sheath onto your belt, which is nice if you hate taking your belt on and off for holsters and such. There is a shoelace strength cord on the bottom for securing around your thigh, which I automatically replaced with more 550. It sits nice on the hip, a little lower than the top of the belt so you can move around without it poking you in the side (if you have some extra in the middle like me, or wearing a puffy jacket, this would be a very nice feature). One thing I was concerned about from the pictures was the retention strap and the plastic insert to protect the blade. It looked to be velcro, but the strap does have a metal snap on it, which I liked. Schrade must have read the complaints about the blade bouncing in the plastic protector as well, because the first time I attempted to seat the blade into it, the blade physically separated a small portion of plastic holding the sides together. I had to shake some plastic slivers out after, but from then on, it felt fairly snug. Still not tight enough to hold it in place if you turn it upside down, run, or jump with it, but just enough that I don't notice much rattling. There is a little place on both sides of the blade surface that looks like the plastic rubs gently with the blade, but I take that as a tradeoff for not having it shaking around in there. Nothing a little oil didn't fix right up. There is a small pouch on the front of the knife for a whetstone or fire steel (or both, actually), but not really big enough for, say, a pistol mag if you had that in mind for any reason (unless its a 380 sized mag). It could probably fit a multitool of some sort as well.
All and all, I am very happy with this purchase. I looks promising enough that I am going to keep it and take it on the next camping trip to test it outdoors. If you actually read all of this review, thank you. It took me a lot of time looking around on Amazon to find something that fit my needs, and I was hoping I could help answer some questions that I originally had about it before I bought it.
As goes everything else in life with gear/equipment, everything is great at some things and not great at other things, so don't expect one item to be your everything. I used this knife as the daily camp work knife. Primary use was to split wood by batoning (look up some videos on YouTube as it is a necessary skill if you choose to hike but want to have a fire with wood larger than kindling). You need to have a serious knife or you will be SOOL in no time flat or hurt yourself with a broken/bent knife. See from the pics, but I put a hurting on this thing and it passed with flying colors. This guy wasn't just sitting on a shelf all week.
I didn't challenge this knife to do any detailed wood work, and I wouldn't grab it as such. I have smaller knives if I need to do that. The full tang is strong enough to take a beating that a pocket knife won't even come close to. Don't ever attempt to hit a not full tang knife with another object. It will break.
Highly recommended camping tool if you know what to use it for.
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The edge is a little weird and you may want to define some edges on the tip.Read more