If Steve Jobs was right when he said “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” then the Schrade SCALY is a triple crown winner in the design department. This little button lock automatic conversion knife looks and feels great and even more important–it works fantastic. With a Cali-Legal 1.75″ black finished stainless steel blade, the SCALY automatic conversion knife cuts through the clutter and mess of life with ease. Blast through your daily chores knowing that whenever something needs to be cut, sliced, chopped or poked, the SCALY sits ready, willing and able. And for an extremely limited time, you can get this fantastic knife for just $20–that includes free shipping. At a 71% discount from MSRP of $70, this automatic knife is ready for action. Get yours quick–the deal is for today only. While you are thinking about it–get a few to give away as gifts. Your friends and your wallet will thank you.
- Overall Length: 4.75″
- Blade Length: 1.75″
- Closed Length: 3″
- Weight: 2.13 oz.
The Schrade SC50B Push Button Automatic Knife boasts a drop point blade that qualifies as Cali-Legal because it measures in at 1.875″. This auto conversion snaps out extremely fast and lock up is solid. This is the kind of auto that fits into any pocket or bag. A great every day utility knife, there are several things that make this knife an excellent carry.
The 440 stainless steel drop point blade gets every cutting job done. There isn’t much I run into that needs a bigger blade. Sure, when I am going into the woods or great outdoors, I carry a larger fixed blade knife with me. But this auto knife is perfect for daily cutting. The blade has some jimping on the spine to give your thumb extra control on precision cutting tasks.
The handle is black anodized 6061 T6 aluminum. The top scale features a grip tape insert that adds some serious gripping power to the knife. There is a very shallow elongated finger groove followed by a somewhat deeper, longer curve. The first curve fits my forefinger and my next two fingers sit comfortably in the longer curve. My pinkie sits on the butt of the handle in just the right spot. It has a lanyard hole and the knife actually comes with a small paracord lanyard. The back scale has three sweeping grooves across the face which are matched by just two grooves on the front face. These grooves give you even more grip spots.
The very best things about this knife are the size, speed and durability. The size means I can pocket carry without being too obtrusive. And at barely over two ounces and 3.25″ closed, it sits nice and easy in my pocket. It isn’t a Pocket Real Estate® hog. The speed means I can get the blade out fast when I need it. Just a quick press on the button and the blade is out. And the durability means it is going to withstand some serious abuse. I work hard and expect my knives to work hard right alongside me. When I need to make a cut, I go for the knife on hand. And this auto is certain to be on hand for a long time to come. Get yours for just $36 on our website while supplies last.
- Blade: 1.875″
- Overall: 5″
- Closed: 3.25″
- Weight: 2.12 oz.
Today a pen review. It is hard not to fall in love with a fountain pen. There is something old school and evocative about using a pen style that has been in continuous use since the 10th century. Back in 973, one ruler became so frustrated by his ink spattered hands–a direct result of using the then current style of pens–that he demanded a pen that wouldn’t stain his hands. A clear description of a “reservoir” style pen emerged although there are no drawings of said pen. Too bad he didn’t use his fancy new pen to draw a picture of said pen.
The Schrade SCPEN3 series feature a fountain pen. And they have an interchangeable rollerball component. So you get the traditional pen plus you get the fancy new pen. Two for one. And you get both modes of writing in a serious tactical/defensive package that will give you some peace of mind. The pen is available in black, silver or brown.
Built with a CNC machined anodized aluminum body, the SCPEN3 series features five flutes lengthwise down the handle along with three deep grooves around the circumference of the handle at the base. The cap screws on and once removed can be screwed onto the base of the handle for alternate storage. Speaking of the base or butt of the pen, it ends in a classic glass breaker. Not sure if you would find many moments where you have to break glass, but the secondary purpose (or primary if you ask some) of a glass breaker is to function as a hand held defensive tool. A quick strike with the pointed end would definitely cause most attackers to pause and consider their current course of action. So the pen functions as a small Kubaton or strike bar. It can also be used in less aggressive fashion as just a small strike rod by striking with the cap end of the pen.
But set aside the defensive capabilities of the pen. What I really like about the pen is how it writes. I have been using a fountain pen for various writing tasks over the past two months and have really enjoyed it. If you know calligraphy, it is the perfect casual tool for some seriously classy writing. Even if you aren’t a calligrapher, the pen writes like a boss. And, when you need to get a whole lot of writing done, just switch the pen over to the RollerBall setup and you have a traditional pen that is ready to write. If you haven’t seen the SCPEN3 series, it is worth a moment of your time. Check one out and let me know what you think of yours below.
- Overall Length: 5.9″
- Body Diameter: .55″
- Material: CNC Machined 6061-T6 Aluminum
- Handle Color: Black, Silver, or Brown
- Weight: 1.6 oz.
- Ink Color: Black Ink
- Cartridge: Uses European Standard 38mm ink cartridge, two refills included
Schrade is an iconic knife company. The roots of this company are deep. Back in 1904 Schrade Cutlery Company was founded. It later merged with the Imperial Knife Company which was founded in 1916. Then, in 2004, Schrade closed its factory doors and sold the name to Taylor Brands which has continued producing quality knives under the Schrade Knife banner. The Schrade Mini Spear Point knife features all the high quality standards you would expect from a great knife company.
The stainless steel blade comes in the clip point or tanto style. It can be found with either a standard edge or with a 40% combo edge. There are advantages to either style. With a tanto blade, the tip is less likely to break. The geometry of the blade gives you extra blade strength for the tip. A clip point blade gives you a sharp tip that is useful for cutting in tight place. It also has much greater piercing power compared to the tanto style. All available styles have a black finish on the blade. The blade has a thumb ramp with jimping for an extra secure grip with your thumb giving you more control on both fine and heavy cuts.
The blade steel is 4116 stainless steel. 4116 is a fine grained stainless steel. It is produced by the German company ThyssenKrupp. Originally it was used extensively in medical devices and food processing machines. After some time, many knife manufacturer’s realized the properties and began to use it in knife blade steels. It has both carbon and chromium which give it fairly high corrosion resistance. It has decent strength and also keeps an edge fairly well. I have carried several knives with 4116 stainless steel and have always been satisfied with the blade performance.
The handle on this knife is fantastic. Aluminum with a black finish. The handle is semi open construction for easy maintenance. It has three finger grooves that extend up and across the face of the handle. The indented portion of the handle on the three extended grooves has significant dimple texturing for a solid grip. The spine has jimping almost from end to end. The button is inset in a small groove along the top side of the front handle scale. On the back handle scale you find the slide safety.
The tip up pocket clip is deep carry. A glass breaker is included. This is an automatic conversion knife meaning that it isn’t produced as an automatic. It is produced by Schrade as a manual knife and then a spring is added aftermarket to convert it to an automatic knife. I absolutely love this knife. It fits my hand well, is built from quality materials and is just the right size for every day carry. If you want one for yourself, you can find them on our website here. Let me know what you think of yours below.
Continuing on with my favorites new knives of 2014 series, I have now decided that my favorite new Schrade Assist knife for 2014 is the SCHA7SM series. Just this year, Schrade came out with the 7 series in both a large and a small version. Both sizes are fantastic, but I prefer the smaller version.
These knives boast aluminum handles. Available in three colors (brown, black and venom green), the handle features unique machining. The angles are such that no matter how you hold the knife, you get a good grip on it. Like most smaller knives, the big concern is how it feels in your hand. This one feels right. It has a wider than average, somewhat shallow and slightly elliptical shape. This gives your forefinger plenty of space to lay across the handle. I normally grab my knife with my forefinger at a slight angle instead of exactly perpendicular to the handle. The second finger groove is about 50% longer and easily allows for your next two fingers to sit in. My pinkie hangs off the end of the handle–but the handle butt angles sharply up from the end of the second finger groove. This allows my pinkie to sit tight on the handle butt and gives my hand a comfortable feel. It also gives me an extremely secure grip. With the pinkie on the handle butt, the handle isn’t going anywhere. I also like the finish on the handle. It has a coarse powder coat which gives it a mild sandpaper feel.
The blade is AUS8 and comes with a bead blast finish on the brown handle model and a black tactical finish on the black and venom green handles. You can get any of the three versions with a standard edge or with a combo edge. I prefer the plain edge. The blade has a shallow curve on the spine right near the handle. This gives your thumb a very nice purchase when you are making fine slicing cuts. The blade opens with the MAGIC system. This is the exact same system used in the Smith & Wesson spring assist knives. If you have never used a knife with the MAGIC system–you will be pleased. The blade opens fast with a slight tug on the blade actuator (spine flipper but different mechanism). Or you can use the ambidextrous thumb studs. The blade locks open with a liner lock. And you can lock the blade open or closed with the slide safety lock. When it is “live” it shows red dot so you know the blade can be actuated.
What I like most about this knife is the size. At just over 3.25″ closed, the knife fits nicely in my pocket and doesn’t take up much space at all. The blade is over 2.5″ long so it gives me all the cutting power I need for every day cutting tasks. I also really like the feel of the coarse powder coat. It gives the knife a unique look. If you prefer a bigger knife, check out the larger size–they operate and feel just the same, except bigger. So whether you pick up the venom green model so you can destroy incoming zombies or the classic black model for your every day tactical life–check out the new small Schrade Assist 7 knife on our website and let me know what you think of yours.
Overall: 5 7/8″
Weight: 2.6 oz