You are bidding on a vintage Schrade-Walden fixed-blade knife, model H-15. This knife was manufactured sometime between the years 1946 and 1958, likely making it 50+ years old.
Schrade Cutlery was founded in 1904. In 1946 Schrade Cutlery was purchased by Albert M. Baer, who then renamed the company "Schrade-Walden Cutlery Corporation" which became a division of the Imperial Knife Associated Companies group. In 1958 the Schrade-Walden cutlery division was moved from Walden , New York to Ellenville , New York , establishing the Schrade USA brand. Now, unfortunately, all Schrade production has been move over seas. These vintage, United States manufactured, Schrade knives are becoming increasingly rare.
This knife, model H-15, was designed for and marketed to the increasing group of post World War II outdoor enthusiast interested in Hunting, Camping and Fishing. It is light to carry weighing exactly 5 ounces (with the sheath its total weight is exactly 7 ounces). The knife measures 9 ¾" from blade tip to butt, with the blade measuring 5 1/8" from guard to tip. Light on the belt and easy to handle, the size and weight of the knife made it ideal for field dressing game, cleaning fish, or cutting a campfire steak at meal time.
The knife is constructed of durable and light-weight carbon steel, with an aluminum guard, aluminum butt bolster, and a beautiful leather washer handle. The carbon steel blade shows minor discoloration characteristic of a knife of this metal type and age. In it's time carbon steel was THE preferred blade metal because it can be honed to a very sharp edge, hold its edge well, and remain easy to sharpen.
This knife has been well cared for. T is NO errant honing or sharpening marks on the blade and the edge has been expertly honed to a razor sharp edge.
The entire knife is "tight"... No loose leather washers in the handle and no wobble in the guard at the bolster.
The sheath is original and is also in very good condition. The leather of the sheath and the leather handle of the knife have both been conditioned with mink oil or some similar preservative to insure its current collector condition.
This increasingly rare Schrade-Walden H-15 knife will make a very nice addition to any collection. Please contact me if you have any questions.