Schrade Extreme Survival Cali-Legal Auto Knife Review

Schrade knives bean in 1904 as the Schrade Cutlery Company, founded in New York. Schrade Cutlery Company produced cutlery of a quality that was unheard of at the time, and the company grew and ultimately expanded its operations. Another knife-making company, the Imperial Knife Company, was founded in Providence, Rhode Island in 1916. The Imperial Knife Company manufactured a full range of value-priced folding pocket knives.

In 1941, Albert M. Baer purchased the Ulster Knife Company, merging it with the Imperial Knife Company to form the Imperial Knife Associated Companies. Later, in 1946, Schrade Cutlery was sold to Imperial Knife Associated Companies, and the company was renamed to Schrade-Walden Cutlery Co, Inc. Around 1983, Albert M. Baer took the company private to avoid a hostile takeover, and renamed the company Imperial Schrade Company in 1985. Today, this corporation is owned by Taylor Brands LLC.


The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 440 stainless steel. There are three different types of 440 steel: 440A, 440B, and 440C. The further along in the alphabet, the better it gets. One of the issues with this though is that often, manufacturers will only specify if its 440, but not which letter grade goes with it, so it can be hard to know what you’re actually getting on this blade. If the blade doesn’t say 440C, you can assume that it is one of the lower end versions, because 440C is a quality metal and manufactures are proud to use it. The 440 stainless steel is very rust resistant, no matter which grade level you get. And, because this is a stainless steel, it is going to be a tough steel.

There are two versions of this knife. The first has a bead blasted blade and the second has a black coated blade.

The bead blasted finish is created by using abrasive glass beads that are blasted at the steel at a high pressure, which creates an even, gray finish. A blasted finish reduces reflection and glare due to its even matte surface. The blasting creates an increased surface area and micro abrasions make the steel more prone to rust and corrosion. A blasted blade, even from stainless steel, can rust overnight if left in a very humid environment.

The second option is a coated finish. A coated finish reduces the reflection and glare while reducing wear and corrosion. However, all coatings can be scratched off after continuous heavy use, and the blade would have to be re-coated. Coatings can prolong the life of a blade by preventing corrosion or rust. This coating also adds a sleek look to the blade, creating a matte black finish.

The blade on either of these knives have been made into a drop point blade shape. This is the most popular blade shape that you are going to find in the cutlery industry today. This blade shape is very versatile and can stand up to most tasks that you throw at it. The blade style is formed by having the back, or unsharpened, edge of the knife run straight form the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which creates a lowered point. It is this lowered point that gives you more control over your slices and allows you to perform fine tip work. And, because the tip is lowered and broad, you are going to have crazy amounts of strength behind it. It is his broad tip that allows you to take on the majority of tasks. Plus, drop point blades sport a large belly that is perfect for slicing. Because of this large belly, the knife is a great everyday carry knife. The majority of tasks that you are going to be performing is slicing. One of the only disadvantages that the drop point has is its broad tip—because of the broadness, you do lose out on many of the piercing and stabbing capabilities. However, you do have to keep in mind that instead of the stabbing capabilities, you have a strong knife that is not prone to breaking or snapping.


The Handle:

Schrade Extreme Survival Cali-Legal Auto Knife
Schrade Extreme Survival Cali-Legal Auto Knife

The handle on this knife is made out of T6 aluminum handles with a grip insert. Aluminum is a popular option for a knife handle because it is a very durable material. Aluminum is also a lightweight option or a handle and when properly texturized, the aluminum can have a reasonably secure grip. Aluminum is also a comfortable material to hold in your hand, which makes this material a great option or extended use. Aluminum is often used in new knives; however, this material is not as strong or durable as a titanium handle. Unfortunately, aluminum is prone to scratches and dings. It is also a fantastic conductor, which means that if you were planning on using this knife in the winter, it will probably bite into your hand.

Both versions of this knife have their handles anodized a dark grey color. Anodizing is a method of increasing the corrosion resistance of a metal part by forming a layer of oxide on its surface. The part that is being treated forms the anode electrode of an electrical circuit. Anodizing increases resistance to corrosion and wear.

The process of creating this protective oxide coating is achieved electrolytically. The aluminum handle is first submerged in an electrolytic solution bath along with a cathode. When a current is passed through the acid solution, hydrogen is released form the cathode and oxygen forms on the surface of an anode. This results in a metal oxide film growing on the surface of the part being treated. Aluminum handles that have been anodized have much longer life spans than non-anodized parts.

To add texture, there is a grip inlay on the bottom portion of the face of the handle. To also increase texture and style, there is a groove cut across the width of the face of the handle. The ergonomics of this handle fit well in your hand—on the bottom of the handle. There is a slight finger groove, and a little bit thicker of a finger groove.

The bottom of the handle is sharp, and the butt of the handle does have a lanyard hole carved in. The lanyard will come in handy in a wide variety of situations. For starters, if you have the lanyard hang out of your pocket, you will be able to withdraw this knife more quickly. Especially since this handle does not have a pocket clip. If you are performing a task that needs a little extra texture, you can easily wrap the lanyard around the face of the handle to increase your grip. Plus, although this is not related to how well the knife works, the lanyard can also add a touch of personal style to this knife.


The Mechanism:

This is an automatic knife, which means that there are strict laws that surround this knife, and it is not going to be legal in all states, cities, or areas. It is the user’s responsibility to know your local knife laws and obey them. BladeOps does not take responsibility for the user’s lack of knowledge about their knife laws.

Also, although this knife does say “Cali-Legal” that is not a legal term. All that means is that the blade is under two inches—it is a style name, not a legal name. You should still know your local knife laws before using this knife, no matter which state you do live in.

An automatic knife is also known as a switchblade, which is a type of knife with a folding blade contained in the handle which is opened automatically by a spring when a button on the handle is activated. Most switchblade designs incorporate a locking blade, in which the blade is locked against closure when the spring extends the blade to the fully opened positon. The blade is unlocked by manually operating a mechanism that unlock the blade and allows it to be folded and locked in the closed positon.

There are a couple of advantages to having an automatic knife as well as a couple of disadvantages to having an automatic knife. For starters, the automatic knife is going to open quickly and efficiently. Because of this, you can bring it into play much quicker than a manual folding knife. Also, because all you have to do to open the knife is press a button, you can easily open this knife with only one hand. This comes in handy if you are ever working and need to keep one hand on the task at hand. The biggest disadvantage to this knife being an automatic is that it is not going to be legal in all states, cities, or areas. One of the other disadvantages is that because there are a lot of inner mechanisms, automatic knives are more likely to break or fall apart than a fixed blade. Plus, when you are cleaning this knife, you have to be very consistent in getting the inside clean as well as fully drying the inside to prevent rusting.


The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 1.875 inches long, with a handle length of 3.25 inches long. The overall length of this knife when it is opened is 5 inches long. This knife weighs in at 2.12 ounces.


The Pros of the Schrade Extreme Survival Cali-Legal Automatic:

  • The blade steel is going to be very rust resistant.
  • The blade steel is tough.
  • The bead blast finish creates an even grey finish.
  • The bead blast finish reduces reflections and glares.
  • The coated finish prolongs the life of the blade.
  • The coated finish reduces corrosion.
  • The drop point blade shape is very versatile and can stand up to most tasks.
  • The drop point blade shape is easily controlled.
  • The drop point blade has a large belly that makes slicing a breeze.
  • The drop point blade shape is extremely tough because of the broad tip.
  • Aluminum is strong.
  • Aluminum is light.
  • Aluminum is durable.
  • Aluminum is resistant to corrosion.
  • Although aluminum is a lightweight metal alloy, it does feel heftier or studier than other knife handle materials.
  • The anodization process gives the knife a sleek color.
  • The anodization process increases the corrosion resistance and life span of this handle.
  • The handle has a lanyard that will come in handy in a wide variety of situations, while also adding a touch of personal style.
  • The automatic knife will open quickly and efficiently.
  • Automatic knives can be brought into play very quickly as well as being capable of opening with only one hand.


The Cons of the Schrade Extreme Survival Cali-Legal Automatic:

  • Because the blade isn’t specified as 440C steel, it is probably one of the lower 440 steels, which means that it is not going to offer as many great qualities.
  • The bead blast finish creates micro-abrasions in the steel, which means that it is more prone to rusting—you’re going to have to keep up on this knife’s maintenance.
  • Coating finishes do scratch off, so it will have to be re-coated eventually.
  • With the drop point blade shape, you do lose out on most of your piercing capabilities.
  • Aluminum can be cold to hold—especially in the winter.
  • Aluminum is more slippery than other knife handle materials.
  • Aluminum is prone to getting scratched and dinged.
  • This Schrade knife does not have a pocket clip.
  • Because it is an automatic knife, this Schrade knife will not be legal in all states, cities, or areas.
  • The maintenance on an automatic knife is going to be more intense because of the inner mechanisms.



This great little Cali-Legal (sub 2″ blade) auto conversion knife features a T6 aluminum handle with a special inlay that provides superior grip. The bead blast stainless steel blade is perfect for everyday cutting and heavy use. It has a lanyard string on the end of the knife. The blade snaps out very fast and is extremely sharp, right out of the box. A definite winner from Schrade! Get yours today at BladeOps.


Schrade Manilla Stainless Balisong Knife Review

If you are ever on the lookout for a classic old timey knife, there is no better place to begin your search than with Schrade knives.

Schrade Cutlery Company had its roots in the New York Press Button Knife Company, formed in 1892 by George Schrade, an inventor from Sheffield, England. Unable to raise sufficient capital to begin knife production, Schrade sold a partial interest in the company to the Walden Knife Company. The company’s unusually name arose from its first knife design, a switchblade or automatic opening pocket knife with an operating button mounted in the knife bolster. First patented by Schrade in 1892, the knife was eventually produced with a unique style of clip point blade. In 1903, Schrade sold all of his interest to the New York Press Button Knife Co. to Walden Knife Company. The following year, Schrade formed the Schrade Cutlery Company in Walden.

IN 1906-07, Schrade patented the Safety Pushbutton Knives, an improved series of switchblade knives with side-mounted operating button and a sliding safety switch. Later developed in slightly modified form as the Presto series, the Schrade switchblade would come to dominate the automatic knife market in the United States for the next fifty-five yeas. In the 1920s, Schrade bought the defunct Walden Cutlery Company in order to obtain their stocks of handle material for his knives.

From 1911-1916, George Schrade resided in the knife making center of Solingen, Germany, where he ran a small workshop. There Schrade developed a new type of switchblade knife, which he titled the Springer. However, in 1916 the German government seized all of Schrade’s assets in Germany to assist its war production. Schrade returned to the United States, though his Springer switchblade would live on; now unprotected by patent, the type was manufactured by several Solingen shops for many years thereafter.

In 1917, Schrade licensed a fly lock switchblade design to the Challenge Cutlery Company, which he then joined. Schrade pursue his knife making interests of both Challenge and at Schrade, where his brother George now managed one of the company’s factories.

Not long after the doors were closed, Taylor Brands LLC quickly picked up the brand name to revive Schrade, Old Timer, Uncle Henry, and Imperial brands. Taylor Brands was already a licensed manufacturer of Smith & Wesson knives; so it was clear that these knives were in good hands.

Today we will be talking about the Schrade Manilla butterfly knife.

Schrade Manilla Stainless Balisong Knife
Schrade Manilla Stainless Balisong Knife

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of D2 Tool Steel. This is a high end steel that is often referred to as a “semi-stainless” steel because it falls just short of the required 13% chromium that would make it a full stainless steel. But, because it is semi-stainless, it still proves a good amount of resistance to corrosion. Also, D2 steel is going to be much harder than other high end steel such as 154Cm or ATS 34 and because of this, it will hold an edge longer than the others. But, because it is much harder, it is a lot harder to sharpen; you will probably require a master-sharpener to really get a fine edge on this steel. The last drawback that this steel features is that it is not as tough as other steels.

The blade has been finished with a satin finish, which is created when the manufacturer repeatedly sands the blade in one direction with an increasing level of fine abrasive. This blade finish style is the most traditional blade finish that you are going to come across; its luster falls right in the middle of the spectrum, with a highly polished finish being much more reflective and a coated finish being much less reflective than a satin finish. The satin finish is created and designed to show off the fine lines of the steel while also showcasing the bevels of the blade. This finish is going to provide your knife with a very traditional look that will never go out of style.

The D2 steel has been carved into a clip point style blade. This is one of the most popular blade shapes that is in use today. This blade shape is also a great all-purpose blade. The shape of this blade is formed by having the back edge of the knife run straight from the handle and then stop about halfway up the knife. It then turns and continues to the point of the knife. This cut out area is straight and is referred to as the clip of the blade, which is also where the knife style got its name. Clip point knives looks as if the part of the   knife from the spine to the pint has been clipped off. The clip on this Schrade Butterfly knife is much subtler than other clip point blades that you will see. Because of the clip, the point on this knife is slightly lowered, which helps to give you more control when you are using the knife. And because the tip is more easily controlled, while also being sharp and thinner at the spine, the clip point blade style is perfect for stabbing. The clip point blade shape is also a very versatile blade shape because of the large belly that it features. This large belly makes slicing much easier, and slicing is going to be one of the most used abilities on this knife. Unfortunately, because the clip point has a narrow and sharp tip, it is prone to breaking because it is weaker than a knife style such as the drop point. But, with this blade shape and specifically with this knife you will be prepared to take on a wide variety of tasks.


The Handle:

The handles on this butterfly knife are made out of stainless steel. Stainless steel provides excellent durability and resistance to corrosion, but it is not lightweight at all. Also, stainless steel handles can be pretty slippery, so the manufacturer has to incorporate etchings or ridges to provide the required friction. Stainless steel is very strong, durable, and resistant to corrosion, but, it is heavy and can be slippery.

The two handles each have seven holes drilled down the length of the handle. This is to add an aesthetic component as well as to cut down on the weight of these stainless steel handles. Like most butterfly knives, the handles taper towards the blade and flare out near the butt.  The latch is also made out of stainless steel that matches the handles of the knife.



The Mechanism:

The Schrade Manilla is a butterfly knife. This style of knife is also known as a fan knife, or the more traditional name of a Balisong knife. This style of knife is a folding pocket knife that has two handles that counter-rotate around the tan such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles.

The balisong was commonly used by Filipino people, especially those in the Tagalog region, as a self-defense and pocket utility knife. These were used form anything such as a razor to entertainment. In the hands of a trained user, the knife blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. Manipulations, called “flipping,” are performed for art or amusement. Blunt versions of these knives, called “trainers,” are for sale to practice tricks without the risk of injury.

The style of knife is now illegal or restricted in many countries, often under the same laws and for the same reasons that switchblades are restricted, and in their country of original (the Philippines) they are no longer as common in urban areas as they were.

While the meaning of the term balisong is not entirely clear, a popular belief is that it is derived from the Tagalog words baling sungay, which is literally broker/folding horn. This is believed because this style of knife was originally made form cared caribou and stag horn. Balisong is also the name of a barangay in the town of Taal, Batangas province, which became famous for crafting these knives. Some of the original butterfly knives were actually made form steel taken from railroad tracks, which gave them a decent amount of durability and hardness.

This Schrade Manilla is a channel balisong knife, which means that the main part of each handle is formed from one piece of metal. In this handle, a groove is created in which the blade rests when the knife is closed. This style is regarded as being stronger than the other style of balisong knife, the sandwich construction.

Some of the important parts that are unique to a butterfly knife is that latch, which is the standard lock system that holds the knife closed. The tang pin which is a pin meant to hold the blade away from the handle when closed to prevent dulling. The pivot joint, which is a pin about which the tang/blade/handle assemblies pivot. And lastly, the kicker, which is a portion on the blade that prevents the sharp edge form touching the inside of the handle and suffering damage. This piece is sometimes supplanted by an additional tang pin above the pivots.


The Specs:

The blade one this Schrade Butterfly knife is 4 inches long with a handle length of 5 inches long. When the knife is opened and the handles are attached together at the bottom, the knife measures in at an overall length of 9 inches long. This is a heavier knife, because of the stainless steel handles, weighing in at 7.9 ounces. The Schrade Manilla Stainless Steel Butterfly knife is made in the United States of America.


The Pros of the Manilla Stainless Butterfly Knife:

  • D2 tool stool is a high end steel that has high levels of corrosion resistance.
  • D2 is a very hard steel, which means that it will hold its edge for a longer period of time.
  • The satin finish is very traditional.
  • The stain finish shows off the bevels of the blade.
  • The satin finish has a medium luster.
  • The satin finish helps to cut down on corrosion slightly.
  • The satin finish shows off the fine lines of the steel.
  • The clip point blade is very versatile.
  • The clip point blade features a large belly that is perfect for slicing.
  • The clip point blade features a lowered tip, which makes it more controllable.
  • The stainless steel handles are very rust resistant as well as tough and durable.


The Cons of the Manilla Stainless Butterfly Knife:

  • D2 steel is only semi-stainless, not full stainless steel.
  • D2 is not the toughest steel.
  • D2 is extremely hard to sharpen.
  • The clip point has a fine, thin, sharp tip, which means that it is going to be more prone to breaking.
  • Stainless steel handles are very heavy and can be slippery.
  • Butterfly knives are tricky to learn how to use.
  • Butterfly knives are illegal in many areas.
  • This is a very heavy knife because the handles are made out of stainless steel; you are going to really feel the knife in your pocket, and it might weigh you down.



The Manilla balisong butterfly knife is one of many new models released by Schrade this year and their first-ever balisong model. Each model features a hollow ground blade comprised of air-hardened D2 tool steel which provides top-notch edge retention and corrosion resistance properties. Additionally, the pin construction offered by each Manilla balisong translates to smooth action and the nature of the handle design offers a balanced feel when in action. The legacy of Schrade knives and tools is built on fine craftsmanship, quality and dependability. Their expansive line consists of assisted opening, folding and fixed blade knives, as well various multi-tools and accessories in an effort to offer something for every need and every job. This model features a skeletonized stainless steel handle, a clip point style blade in a satin finish and, like a true balisong, this knife does not come with a pocket clip feature. Pick up this classic butterfly knife today at BladeOps.


BladeOps One Day Sale on the Schrade SCALY Auto Knife

Schrade SCALY Auto Knife
Schrade SCALY Auto Knife–One Day Sale at BladeOps

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.


Brand New Schrade Assist Knives at BladeOps

Schrade Assist Knife, 5BR
Schrade Assist Knife, 5BR

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.

If you have been looking for a mid size to large spring assist knife, definitely check out the great new Schrade knives that have arrived at BladeOps.

Schrade SCALY Auto Conversion Knife

Schrade SCALY Auto Knife
Schrade SCALY Auto Knife

A few weeks ago we had a screaming deal on the Schrade SCALY auto conversion knife.  If you missed the deal–here is your chance to get in on a great price on the SCALY.  We just got a bunch more of these knives in stock–this time they have the yellow Delrin handle and a black finished blade.  These are snappy little automatic knives with tight lock up.  Looking for a great little auto?  This may just be the answer.

Schrade MAGIC Assist Knives, 3rd Generation, Now In Stock

SCHA3B MAGIC Spring Assist Knife

The Schrade MAGIC spring assist knives showed up and some are already available on the website.  There are several things I especially like about this third gen knife.  The handle is a bit shorter than earlier versions and just a bit thicker.  It makes for a very comfortable grip.  The geometric shaped handle, I call it that since it seems all angles and corners, is surprisingly comfortable in hand.  And these knives use the extremely reliable and lightning fast MAGIC opening system that can be activated by pulling the spine lever.  These are great spring assist knives at a price that makes them even more attractive.  Check them out over on our SCHRADE knives page.