We have been fortunate enough to have had Schrade (Taylor Brands LLC) as one of our sponsors during the 2015 season. The have been great to work with and have generously given us several tools to help us in our journeys. Two of which are the Schrade Old Timer Deerslayer 15OT and Schrade SCHF35. They have accompanied us on our adventures through Appalachia, and have been useful companions to say the least. I have used them on numerous occasions and feel that they are both solid tools that have many uses and that they would never fail me when I needed them.
FUNCTION AND DESIGN
As far as the function and design of these 2 knives they are both wonderful pieces of equipment to have on an expedition. I have used my Deerslayer for numerous tasks and it has done well in all areas. I love the shape of the blade and the feel of the handle, and it is one of the best looking knives I have seen…in my opinion of course. It comes with a very nice brown leather sheath and the pair of them go well together.
Now for the SCHF35, it is a really good looking knife as well and it is one that we decided as a team that we all wanted! It is a great size for carrying and is very sharp as well like the Deerslayer. It comes with a Kydex sheath that can be worn on the belt or mounted to your gear with its numerous mounting grommets. Both are stainless steel, so you won’t have to worry as much about the elements getting to them. Both are also full tang, meaning that the blade's steel runs the full length of the knife. I would trust either of these knives if my life depended up on them, literally….although I hope never to be in a situation where it does!
The overland applications are numerous with these knives! I mainly used the Deerslayer to prepare the meals on our trips, due to its blade shape and length it functions nicely for this purpose. I will admit though that the blade is a bit thick, if you are planning on doing extensive chopping it would be of benefit to have a second chef’s knife to make things go a little quicker. It shines best when carving or cutting up meats though! We used the SCHF35 for tasks around camp, everything from cutting cordage to some meal prep. We even used it to do some slight modifications to our drone props when they were damaged after hitting some branches. There are so many uses I could never cover them all and keep this blog at a reasonable length.
DAY TO DAY
Day to day use is another area that these blades are handy. I carry one or the other in my truck with me at all times, you never know when you will need a good knife. I guarantee when you need it and its not there you will be sorry! The Deerslayer is a good bit larger and would not be as easily tucked away in the vehicle. I feel that the SCHF35 would be a better every day carry knife for this reason. In a hunting situation the Deerslayer would be my knife of choice, the name kind of gives that away. Either way, you can’t go wrong with either of these knives!
My final thoughts are that both knives are quality tools that would serve anybody well in numerous situations. Do a little homework before purchasing any knife and ask yourself what will be its main use, how often will you us it and what do you want to spend. Once you have done this if you chose a Schrade knife I can almost guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. I have numerous Schrade tools, some have been given to me and other’s I have purchased. I am always impressed with the quality of the blade verses the price that I have spent. Meaning that for the price it’s hard to beat their quality, period!