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
On the hunt for a great every day carry assist knife? The brand new 4 series from Schrade may just be what you are searching for. Built for real life, the Schrade assist knives are constructed with top quality materials.
This knife features a textured aluminum handle that has a slight overall curve that fits the hand like the proverbial glove. The inside curve boasts three finger grooves that gives your hand serious gripping power. Jimping in three locations give maximum traction whether you are slicing, thrusting or making fine cuts. Rubberized inlays on both top and bottom scale give the knife a sleek look but even more importantly add more grip to an already secure feeling knife. The inlay can be found in black or grey. Tip down, removable pocket clip. A lanyard hole allows for alternate carry.
A slide safety on the top scale is positioned perfectly for your thumb to slip down and activate or deactivate. When “live”, the safety shows a red dot so you know it is ready to open. Once open, you can use this slide safety to add an additional layer of blade security to a solid linerlock.
The knife is available with a tanto or drop point blade. The drop point came out last year, tantos are new for this year. A finger actuator makes blade activation easy and fast. Just use your forefinger to pull the actuator, and the blade snaps out with authority. Ambidextrous thumb studs can also be used to open the blade should you prefer that route. The stainless steel blade has a black finish. It also has a crosshatch pattern on the upper half of the blade on both sides. The pattern adds some panache as well as some extra traction if you are using the blade in a pinch grip doing extra fine cuts.
The Schrade 4 Assist knives have proven to be durable beasts that are perfect for every day carry. With a price tag around $40–they don’t take a huge bite out of your wallet.
Just in are a couple new lines of Schrade Assist Knives. Both the 5 series and the 6 series have started to hit the shelves. What is so great about these knives you ask?
They use the same fantastic M.A.G.I.C. assist system that the Smith and Wesson knives in the M&P series use. This means that the blades snap out really fast, lock up is tight, and dependability is extremely high. Exactly what you want out of a great, EDC assist knife.
The 6 series is bigger than the 5 and has beefier handles. The handles also have a partial black polymer overlay which gives your hand loads of grip spots so you have a solid, secure grip. The 5 series are just a bit shorter (nearly an 1″ overall) and they have thinner handles. The handle scales on the 5 are somewhat futuristic looking and cant the blade slightly forward for a grip that allows for excellent slicing and pull cuts. Both series use the MAGIC assist system. Both series also have a slide safety that gives you even greater blade security. Schrade knives also have a limited lifetime warranty–which gives you to purchase with even more confidence.