Vintage Schrade USA Sharpfinger 152OT- $59
Schrade USA Sharpfinger Model 152. The 152OT was the sixth Old Timer sheath knife when it was first introduced in 1974. The 3 1/2" full tang blade is flat ground 1095 carbon steel in it's original design. A stiff blade, the blade stock is approximately 5/32" thick. Often described as a modified Skinner, the blade has a pronounced Skinner belly with a sharp, up-swept tip, and just a hint of a false edge on the upper spine. Overall length was listed as 7 1/4" and weight 4.1 oz.The Sharpfinger handles have a downward curve shaped brown dyed saw-cut textured Delrin handles
As with many other Old Timers, there are some small, relatively minor engineering changes on the 152OT over the years, but most are negligible, and not evident without using accurate measuring devices. One notable change was in the grind which went from plain (flat) grind to hollow grind when the blade steel was changed from the traditional 1095 carbon steel to stainless late in production.
Abner Fitzwillie notes, "The Schrade Sharpfinger was a very popular knife and carried by many hunters to skin and dress out game but also used as an EDC knife (Every Day Carry). While they are still produced by Taylor overseas, many knife enthusiasts desire the original made in USA models. It as a blade that was easy to index and control in the hand for processing game. When it came to skinning game, resting the thumb on top of the blade made it extremely easy to skin keeping the blade close to the hide."