The only sad note is that they are now imported from China to keep the prices low. The Old Timer knife line, made by the new Schrade, is a selection of pocket knives, lock blades, fixed blade hunters, etc.that are built for use, with saw-cut Delrin handles, brass liners, nickel silver bolsters, and stainless steel blades.There will be no more original Schrade Old Timer knives produced.
Schrade Old Timer knives are produced with high quality and with respect for tradition. When you’re looking for a classic pocket knife which is timeless in style, has a distinctive appearance and is durable enough to pass it down to your grandchild, you can’t do better than a Schrade Old Timer Knife.
“Being easily operated with one hand it is far more convenient than the old style pocket knife which necessitates the use of both hands to open and frequently results in broken finger nails,” read one Schrade product description from the early 20th century.
In fact, George Schrade’s first cutlery company, founded in 1893, was called the Press Button Knife Company precisely because it specialized in switchblades.
From England, Schrade and his son journeyed to another knife center, Solingen, Germany, where they produced a switchblade called the Sprenger.
Old Timer Knives manufactured by the Imperial Schrade Corporation closed their doors July 30, 2004, after 100 years of business.