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Uncle Henry Golden Spike

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by jmr40, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. jmr40

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    This is one of those knives that I always wanted, but never bought. They've been out of production for a while, and I just can't bring myself to buy the new "made in China" version. But I was looking for something else a few days ago found something that I thought I'd share.

    When Schrade closed Smoky Mountain Knife Works purchased their unfinished inventory and had some of the USA made blades. They sent the blades to China to be finished and have handles installed. The Sheaths were purchased from Mexico.

    I thought this might be a reasonable compromise and at $30 each figured I could do a lot worse so I ordered 2. They came in today. I opened one and plan to use it. The other I'll put back. I doubt there is a ton of collector interest on these, but $30 for a decent knife isn't bad. The older USA made ones I see with $100+ price tags on them in antique stores and flea markets.

    The blade is razor sharp and the sheath is well made. Although different from the original which had a small pocket for a sharpening stone. They also come with a document outlining the company history and authenticity. I think I'm going to like this.

    A link to smkw and some photos.

    https://www.smkw.com/uncle-henry-golden-spike-sheath-kit-otd

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  2. troy fairweather

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    i think i got one or to at my dads im going up there tomorrow if your interested let me know im not going to use them.
     
  3. Deltaboy1984

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    They are Solid knifes! Good buy
     
  4. Jesse Heywood

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    Nice. Salt one away. It might make a good gift or replacement in case you lose one. I don't like storing a knife in the sheath. Oil with a preservative or coat with Renaissance Wax for long term. I put the sheath in a Zip-Loc and put it in the box with the knife to keep them together. Looks like they did right with the blades. :D
     
  5. sparkyv

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    Nice! What is the blade steel?
     
  6. bannockburn

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    jmr40

    Like you I always liked the design of the Golden Spike knife; just never got around to getting one at the time. These "new" ones seem like a pretty decent buy for the money. Thanks for the info and the link!
     
  7. jmr40

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    Been out or town and away from the internet for a few days, sorry for the late reply. I'm not sure what steel they used on the older Uncle Henry's. I have a couple of smaller folders, from back in the day and they are pretty good. The newer blades are made in China and are 7CR17MOV which I have no idea about.

    The steel in my knife is USA made in the original factory. They just sent it off to have handles added so this is the original steel. The newer ones may well be as good or better, but I just can't bring myself to buy a knife with the Uncle Henry name on it with "Made in China" stamped on it too. I have some Chinese made Spyderco and Kershaw knives. They are good values and not bad knives at all. But they don't pretend to be a Classic USA made knife either.

    The Golden Spike and Sharpfinger are 2 that I always wanted, but just never got around to buying. But at this price I don't think anyone can go wrong.
     
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