In 1972 Smith and Wesson worked with well known and innovative knife designer Blackie Collins to introduce the company into the knife business. This program was announced in 1975 and seven knives were initially offered. Called the Survival Series they included a Bowie, Outdoorsman, Survival, Skinner a folding hunter knife, a fisherman knife and a filet knife.
The blades were forged from modified 440 Series Stainless Steel. A total of 47 operation from forging to hand polishing are performed on the blade before fitting to the handle on the Survival knife. The amount of work necessary for these knives caused S&W to fall behind on production and delivery to the retailers. Smith and Wesson produced in house a few other knives but none that required the amount of hand fitting as this series. The most beautiful knives S&W ever produced in house.
S&W Called this "an ideal general purpose hunting and camping designed knife with richly grained black Wessonwood handle that is contoured for sure, comfortable grip. Full length flat spline provides substantial working surface right to the point. Emergency equipment in cavity in handled has protective knurled brass end cap. Overall length is 10"with 5.5" blade. Weighs 10 oz".
This knife is near mint, but has a small crack in the handle, see photo. Otherwise the blade in near perfect and it comes in the Outdoorsman Foldover Sheath #158, the perfect sheath. No sharpening marks but did not come in a box so considered used.
Produced in 1976 this knife has a low production number of 10611
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