Unique S&W Outdoorsman Model 6020 #15070
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 the Outdoorsman "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 can be stored in Hollow handle with a protective knurled brass end cap. Overall length is 10"with 5.5" blade. Weighs 10 oz".
This knife is amazing, the blade appears untouched and sharp. The knife is unique in that the year of production was not stamped into the S&W logo on the right side of the blade. Someone forgot? The production # 15070 would place it around 1976. The sheath is great, the model 158 sheath fits the knife like a glove, sturdy and silent. Wessonwood hollow handle is good and the pommel dent free. The brass finger guard has marks from being stored in the sheath. You Judge for yourself.