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.
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.