The Late Boy Scout discusses Schrade knives in this video, calling them incredibly high value blades at around $25 for the larger knife. He focuses particularly on the Schrade SCHF 56 and 56L, which are both camping and outdoor knives that he thinks people will want to buy after they see what the knives can do.
The knives are basically the same; one is just larger than the other. The blades are hollow-ground, with a nice blade stock and a strong tip. The handles are nicely contoured. They fill the hand well but they don’t feel like a big broomstick. In regards to the blade length, it’s a matter of preference and purpose. The larger one offers more versatility while the smaller one is easier to carry.
The Schrade SCHF knife sheaths are not that special – they can be threaded through a belt, with a hard plastic within the polyester sleeve to protect the blade. There’s a little loop for the ferro rod, which attaches to the sheath with an elastic so it doesn’t get lost.
He takes the knives out to the woods to test performance and functionality. The 1095 steel blades are hardy, and the handles are screwed on to the tang, which go all the way through. The balance is good in hand, and anyone can hold these with gloves or bare hands, no problem. The spine of the blade is at a 90-degree angle so it can throw sparks in a pinch.
As to cutting performance, he was pleasantly surprised as the blade angle on the knives seemed obtuse. But they did the job, and the Schrde SCHF knives were able to chop through wood efficiently enough. The knives handled comfortably no matter what angle they were held at, because of the soft rubber material.
Schrade delivers good quality at very affordable rates, which is difficult to top, no matter where you look!