1970’s – 80’s Frontier Imperial Caping Knife Model 422

Described in a 1975 catalog as: Model: 422 fixed blade, Ol'Ivory, 3 1/8 Drop Point High Carbon Steel blade, 7 3/8’ OAL. Ivory colored Delrin handles, leather sheath.

Knife is used, full tang blade was polished and sharpened, sheath in excellent condition. Great carry knife.

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Many people don’t realize the connection between Schrade knives and Imperial knives. Schrade Cut co. was bought out by Albert Baer in 1946 and joined by his brother Henry Baer. They also owned Imperial Knife co. and Ulster. After the 1973 name change from Schrade Walden To Schrade USA, in 1973 there were many old open stock knives dropped from Schade’s Production and new tooling was installed at the Schrade plant in Ellington N.Y. The Schrade Saga is a very long connect the dots puzzle. Being businessmen rather than just getting rid of the old tooling for the discontinued models. They sent it to the Imperial R.I. plant and started producing the Frontier knives and other higher quality knives than in previous years. You see many Schrade blade patterns in the knives produced between 1975 and 1985 when they merged the 2 companies at the Ellington plant and discontinued the better knives like the Frontier series.

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