-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for Greater than 1 year
I purchased my first Schrade "Old Timer" Sharpfinger in 1980. This was (and still is) the iconic knife on the belts of many hunters and campers in the woods of Northern Michigan. The knife is ergonomic in my hands and has the full tang through the handle. My Sharpfinger dressed many deer in its day. The blade is not hollow ground like Buck knife blades are. That makes it quick and easy to sharpen. I purchased a Buck 194 Alpha Hunter back in the late 1990s. It is a beautiful knife to look at, but it is a big job to clean after dressing out a deer! My old Sharpfinger was easy to clean after dressing and skinning because of it's streamlined shape and clean edges. Over the years, the blade has been stained in spots from the leather sheath, but it still keeps a razor sharp edge. The Sharpfinger's blade will dull quicker than a hollow ground edge, but quickly sharpens with a diamond sharpener, and keeps a sharp edge with an occasional stropping on leather. I wouldn't recommend it as a fillet knife; the blade is too thick and short.
The old leather sheath is no great shakes in quality, the leather is thin, but it still does the job well with good knife retention. In my opinion, this is the best hunting knife I've owned. I've been looking at purchasing another one and I was surprised at how affordable they are. Maybe because they're now made overseas; probably China.