The Imperial Schrade Corp. went bankrupt
during it's Centennial year, 2004. At the end of July that year the last
employees were sent home, the factory was locked, and soon after that the
company's assets were sold at auction.
One of the
'assets' was Schrade's intellectual property - the logos, brand names, and
product designs. The intellectual property was bought by Taylor Brands,
LLC that has since then been selling Schrade-brand products. The
Taylor-Schrades are all sub-contracted knives, mostly made overseas in China but
some by American knifemakers as well.
knives are not made by nor sold by the Imperial Schrade Corp, most collectors do
not consider them to be true "Schrade" knives. There are no
Taylor-Schrades shown on this website.
But as a
silver lining, the Schrade closure created a huge opportunity for buyers, and
the number of Schrade collectors has increased. Retailers sold off Schrade
products at incredible closeout prices. The market was flooded with
irregular knives made as the factory workers rushed to assemble miss-matched
parts into knives. The Schrade collection that had been on display at the
factory was sold to the public piece-by-piece. And prototypes, salesmen's
samples, and other rarities appeared on the market as the Schrade factory was
But in the current market environment
it's "buyer beware" for the Schrade collector. In addition to copycat
products with the same brand names and designs as original Schrade products,
there are ongoing attempts to confuse consumers and perhaps 'trick' collectors
into buying Chinese imports. Browsing an online auction site looking for a
genuine Uncle Henry knife made in Ellenville, New York? Notice all of the
fuzzy photographs that don't show knife markings in detail, questionable
"Certificates of Authenticity," and perhaps more Anniversary knives than there
should be? It pays to become educated.
excellent resources for fans of Schrade knives are the
"Collectors-of-schrades-r.us" website with the private collections and documents
shown there, and the Schrade Knife Collectors sub-forum at
website of interest, the old Schrade web pages saved at the "Internet Archive
Wayback Machine" that date back to 1998:
* Many knives were assembed in haste as the factory was
closing. Some were unfinished, some were Limited Edition knives that were
never finished, and some were made from mis-matched parts. These are
commonly referred to as "end of days" knives.
typical "end of days"* knive. Marked with the tang stamp, SCHRADE+ /
U.S.A. LTD, it was originally intended to be a Ducks Unlimited knife or
These are three Imperial camp knives. The two on the left
are marked with IMPERIAL IRELAND tang stamps and were sold under the Ozark
Trails (for Wal Mart) or Imperial brands. The knife on the right is an
official B.S.A. knife that was given to boys for peddling during fund
raisers. The B.S.A. logo on the blade is faint, but the handle emblem is
bright. The tang stamp reads: IMPERIAL / PROV. R.I. with a vertical
This is the Simon, a skeletal frame lock design from
Schrade. Stainless steel, made in the U.S.A., model SS1.
pair of Frontier folders. Each is marked "IMPERIAL
The Schrade Lake & Walker. A Zytel-handled frame lock
with a "sliding safety switch."
Imperial Tradesman Knives and Tools. All from Ireland,
except the shears that are made in China.
From top to
TM5 Dual Edge
TM71 T-Bevel with
TM8 Utility Shears
Ireland Imperial peanut (not bad for $1.39), and a USA Schrade melon testing
Blade logo and stamp from melon knife:
top, the SP3 from the Lightweight Series. Below, the Cliphanger CH7 and
nylon 'clipable. strap.
The Apex Line:
AP12, fixed blade
with drop point
Older AP5 from
AP55, from China
Unknown. Similar to AP26, but only has two blades and was packaged in
Diamond Edge DE552
This is the 70TX X-Timer, featuring "Stainless Blade,
E-Coat Finish / Lasered Logo, and Aircraft aluminum handle." Made in
These are the only Uncle Henry knives in the collection.
Both knives have phony plati-stag (officially it's called "Staglon")
handles. On the left is the UH153 Golden Spike with brass guard and butt,
carbon steel blade, and the SCHRADE SUPER-SHARP etch. On the right is the
5UH, which has nickel-silver bolsters, Uncle Henry Escutcheon, and a stainless
These are the Schrade Pro Hunters, which feature brass bolsters
and pings, stainless steel, and drop-point blades. The smaller knife is
the PH2, which is handled in genuine stag. The larger knife is the PH1
with synthetic handles.
This is an Ulster 55 with jigged Delrin (aka "plastic") handles, a
plain Escutcheon, nickel-silver bolsters, and three blades. It was
purchased from the Schrade Factory Collection as part of a set to which it
Examples of Schrade packaging
Schrade Lake & Walker box
Schrade X-Timer 70TX box
Diamond Edge box
Top and bottom of Schrade PH2ES box
Imperial Camp Knife card
Imperial Ozark Trails card
Schrade Lightweight SP3 card
Imperial Tradesman TM4 card
Top and bottom of 153UH box
This made in China AP55 shows the last packaging style from
Schrade. It is very similar to the Taylor-Schrade packaging, but is easily
distinguished by the Imperial Schrade Corp. and address on the
Schrade documents for download or viewing, in .pdf
Schrade Factory Final Production Run Certificate of
Authenticity, included with many knives purchased from Smoky Mountain Knife
product insert note. File.
product insert note. File.
2002 product insert note. File.
for Schrade Lake & Walker. File.