Schrade Sharpfinger Love?

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  1. MadMarcus

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    I’ve been looking at these things for years but never bought one until recently. Really unique cool little knives. Who’s a fan and what do you like about them?
     
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    It's like the talon of a velociraptor. I like it.
     
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    Good knives, I have had a couple over the years. It might be time to get another one.

    They are great for skinning deer. The design allows for lots of control for fine cutting, kind of an extension of your finger I guess. Hard to explain
     
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    When I was younger most of the hunters had one.
    I have one somewhere in a gear box...but no sheath.
     
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    Probably the most famous user of a Schrade Sharpfinger knife is Sonny Barger, founder of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

    In an interview with Harper/Collins regarding his book "Dead in 5 Heartbeats", Barger commented on the Sharpfinger knife: "A lot of people I ride with carry that knife. I actually prefer fixed blades — like the Sharpfinger — to a folded blade. Although I carry a folded blade too, with a fixed blade you don't have to reach inside your pocket. It's always handy, on your belt when you need it. I use my Sharpfinger as a tool. I do everything with it. I like knives with sharp points. You never know when you might want to pop a balloon or peel a banana."
     
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    I have had one for more than 30 years I have dressed everything from doves and red squirrels to deer hogs and gators .
     
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    That chit is hilarious! Might have to resd the book. I guess I'm not as civilized, I like to take out any cursory aggression on balloons and tear them up with my, bear hands.
     
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    I’d have to assume the balloons he spoke of were people’s lungs, and I don’t want to think of what the banana was code for.
     
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    Ohhh a favorite pattern of mine .....though to be honest, I'm a bigger fan of its big brother the Deer Slayer, but I've owned several of each.... and even gone so far as to have a custom knife maker over on Blade forums make me a custom version with a better handle, and just a little more belly to it...

    If you really are into them, I suggest tracking down a vintage copy from TheBay that was made in New York.... they have SO much better steel in them... GOOD old school high carbon steel, I have like 3 of the old New York blades, and I don't think I gave more than 25.00 for any of em.... the leather sheaths they used on those knives are also far superior to the ones made today...

    I've got to figure out how to post pictures... no no, I CAN post pictures... quite easily actually with my imageshack account.... the problem is getting pictures from my phone to the computer to add to imageshack account so I can post em here....

    its just smarter than I am LOL....

    fantastic little knife though, it REALLY should be a mandatory purchase at some point for anyone who's ever touched a non kitchen knife.... just too useful for almost everything
     
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    I don't know about the new stainless ones, but I had a carbon steel sharpfinger in the 80's. These were excellent little knives. The angle of the handle keeps your knuckles out of the work. Very similar in handling to the Grohmman Canadian knives.
    Victor
     
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    I used to have one in the '80s when I hunted deer. It was an Uncle Henry and was a U.S. made Schrade. The ones today are made in China.:(:mad:,
    Dominick..........
     
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    This one is 25+ years old....it's a good knife, has broken down more than a few deer, and lots of small game Sharpfinger.JPG
     
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    I bought one when I was 13,first decent fixed blade I owned, still have it. Definitely worth the effort of finding an older USA made carbon steel one. Mine has skinned more kritters than I can count.
     
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    I have 2 one with the Derlin handles and I just picked up a used one this weekend. It is the Scrimshaw version. I have always liked them.
     
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    Does anyone know if this is their own pattern. or if it's a modern version of a older design. I had a canadian skinner at one point. Similar handle to blade shape. I really liked the handle high to the blade. The belly on this blade looks more efficient again. I'm curious which is older and if one design inspired the other.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    IMG_20181008_224255936.jpg I have an older USA carbon steel version and really like it.
     
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    This isn't exactly a sharp finger. I broke the tip off mine throwing it but still have it.. I love this vintage schrade. I will replace my broken one when I run across a nice one in my travels.

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    These are both stainless versions but the sharpen pretty easily and hold a good edge. IMG_20181002_185643.jpg
     
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    I believe this is their own pattern beginning in the 70's. I've never like the Canadian Belt Knife pattern (which goes back at least into the 18th century) but I have only the Cold Steel version to base it on and I never gave it much use.
     
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    I liked the handle up higher like this one. But on a slice only really the tip makes contact. This seems like you would get more blade on the piece. Thanks for the info! :dblthumb:
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Here's a take on the pattern. Really sharp point!!

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    -John
     
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    Had one, liked it, never really found a use for it, lost it in the Great Knife Extinction of 19XX.

    The Schrade, Old Timer, and Uncle Henry’s knives I’ve owned over the years have absolutely been among the best knives I’ve ever used. I still have two. Both take a wicked edge like nobody’s business. I would put my Schrade Stockman up against any slipjoint put out today by Great Eastern, Queen, etc.

    But, I never really found a use case for the Sharpfinger. At every turn it got edged out by the Buck 102 Woodsman.
     
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    There is a guy on eBay trying to sell a stainless sharpfinger for 200 bucks lol he claims the list price is 270 !
     
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    2EDC976B-F13E-41AA-BDFA-68AC501E6C75.jpeg I bought this 30 years ago while in high school! I took it fishing one time and forgot about it in my tackle box!

    I found it a few years later all rusty! UGH!

    I cleaned it the best I could, put an edge on it and stashed it away. I really need to get out and use it!

    I’d love to get its bigger brother, The Deerslayer model! I bought one for my older brother when I bought this Sharpfinger. That damn junkie probably pawned it off or traded it for dope.
     
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    I'm a big fan of the vintage 152OT. I don't know how many I own but picked up another one this past weekend at a flea market, $13 in reasonably good shape with original sheath was too good to walk away from. I've used mine for fish, small game, and several deer over the years. I'm not a skilled carver but the fine tip is great for precise work.
     
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    I couldn't take it. I had to go dig mine out of storage.

    As a general purpose knife, I don't care for the 152 all that much. But for dismantling animal carcasses, it's "da bomb"!

    This was my "go to" knife for fisheries work in the early 90s. I can't tell you how many cod and pollock this thing gutted and fileted. Quite literally in the tons.

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    It did pick up a pretty good patina being covered in salt water daily.


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    I'm a fan of those. I bought the ss one w orange scales and nylon sheath for my wife to keep on the tractor. The hunter orange faded after a couple years. Now looks like a creamsicle. But it hasn't rusted and sharpens up good. It is neglected and abused.
     
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    I bought this at the BX back in the early 90s. I've used it for small game and trout, but never for deer. I imagine it be great for field dressing. My wife liked it so much I picked up another one for her, and it's still almost new.

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    It works very well, as an everyday " Steak Knife " :3:
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    I have one my Dad bought for me at L L Bean when I was a teen. Also, I have a Bear and Son model. A great knife for fish and small game, right up to deer.
     
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    I’m gathering that these are excellent game dressing knives, but maybe not the best bushcraft knives? So far I’ve only done a little carving with my orange handled Chinese stainless one. It was nothing to write home about but it did okay. Once I’ve played with this one for a while I’ll probably pick up a nice old carbon steel original.
     
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    a lot of these look old and have been used qiute a bit. I guess that just goes to show people use them alot.
     
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    I bought one (orange handle stainless one) for my son as his first skinning knife. So far a grouse and a squirrel with it this year. He likes it. Good knife
     
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    49904112-6D92-4154-846B-84B6C16D94D4.jpeg The more I play with this little knife the more I like it. The edge, fit and finish on my Chinese on are pretty lousy so I’m giving it a little TLC. I recontoured the corners of the grip scales, fit them a little better to the tang, beveled the lanyard hole and gave it a good sharpening. Its getting there...
     
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    Just wondering why the sheath on mine is different?
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    That's interesting! A sheath like that is usually for a knife with a finger guard and the strap really should be on the other side.
     
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    I think that’s an older sheath design. I’ve been looking for them on fleabay, mine came with the hateful nylon sheath.
     
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    These were also sold with a Sears label on them. My Dad has had one for as long as I can remember at 40 years. Skinned more than on deer.
     
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    on the way to me
     
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    When I use to hunt my Sharpfinger always went with me. Even when I was trying out a new blade, because you know if the new one sucked the Sharpfinger would always step up and finish the job. Its great for breaking down whole chickens in the kitchen to. Thin sharp point, thicker at the handle, it does everything but chop.
     
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    When I was selling knives in the 80s, the Sharpfinger was by a long shot the single most popular fixed blade I sold. Buck 102 a distant distant 2nd. Easily 3 a week most of the year, and a lot more around Father's Day and Christmas. Maybe 200 a year of the unassuming little Schrades-and it's not like they were advertising them, either.

    The Winkler Navy Seal/Special Forces ultrazoot prestige knife frankly reminds me of a Sharpfinger.
     
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    Growing up in western PA, if you hunted deer (which was 90% of the population it seemed) you did it with either a Winchester Model 94 or a Marlin 36/336 in .30-30 and you used either a Sharpfinger or a Buck 110 or 119 to gut it.
     
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    Have the sharpfinger and the deer slayer. Deer slayer has been a camp knife and the sharpfinger does small game and fish nicely. Both are more than 20 years old. I think they're 2 of my favorite and most used fixed blades.
     
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    I LOVE my Sharpfinger! Been using it as a skinning knife for a few years now. It is the newer cheap stainless version, but for under $20 you can't beat it. This was my first attempt at making walnut handle scales and pinning it with stainless steel rod. Not great, but it was a fun learning experience! IMG_1213.JPG
     
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    That looks so much better than the plastic grips. Nice job!
     
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    Camillus made them for a few years.

    Here's one that I rehandled in cocobolo. I absolutely love this knife!!!
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    Damn, that's beautiful! I'm not too familiar with Camillus knives, did you add the sharpening choil, or did it come that way? That is a mod I was considering for the Schrade.
     
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    Have 2 of them great skinning knife. One of the best game knives ever made
     
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    I filed in the choil. I do that to all my knives.

    If I was a custom maker I'd offer this pattern for sure. It really comes to life if you extend the handle a little further towards the blade. It gives the fingers a place to pinch the handle and the control is excellent. I found this out by accident when I rehandled this one. I used it tonight at dinner, love it!

    Ya I agree, it's definitely a hall of fame game knife!
     

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