Schrade SCHF1SM Fixed Blade Knife
The Schrade SCHF1SM Survival Knife is made of high carbon 1070 steel as well as the handle. This is a Schrade version of a Chris Reeve’s original survival knife (A custom knife designer in case you didn’t know already). This is a very solid knife but the handle is hollow so it will never be as durable as a survival knife with a full tang. One of the best things Schrade did with this model is remove the serrations on the blade. I am not a fan of serrations on the blade because it makes the blade weaker and makes it a pain in the ass to sharpen, so good move by Schrade to remove them from the SCHF1SM model. The blade is 5.6 inches long which is comfortable to use in all types of tasks. The overall length of this knife is 10.3 inches long, so it is very comfortable to use but some might consider the handle to be a little on the short side. Something to think about if you have large hands. It has good balance and weighs in at only 12.5 ounces which makes it comfortable to use.
The handle is also made of high carbon 1070 steel which I am not a fan of generally because in real world usage you want to have a strong grip even if you are working in bad weather situations. A metal handle will not provide that as well as a handle with rubberized grips or some of the softer plastic grips out there. There is a 6 piece bit set that screws in the butt of the handle. This comes across as gimmicky to me. If you need a screwdriver, use your multi-tool. I don’t usually recommend hollow handle survival knives but if I buy one I would prefer them to put useful stuff in the handle, not screwdriver bits. Schrade dropped the ball on this one. I will admit the all steel handle and blade look really nice and for the most part it’s comfortable but be careful using this survival knife in wet conditions. Safety should always be a big concern.
The Schrade SCHF1SM survival knife comes with a nylon sheath and although I prefer something like a kydex sheath for its anti-moisture properties, this sheath does a good job and has a plastic sleeve on the inside to prevent the nylon from getting sliced as you put the survival knife in and out of the sheath. This survival knife comes with a nylon cord hanging off the handle. You will want to replace that with something stronger like paracord. Overall I give this knife 3.5 stars for practical reasons like the metal handle’s usability in real world situations, although you may find it averaging 4.5 stars at most places.
Schrade SCHF1SM Fixed Blade Knife Features:
- 5.6″ blade, 4.7″ handle
- SAE 1070 High Carbon Steel blade and handle
- Includes screw driver multi-tool in handle
- Includes ballistic nylon sheath
- 12.5 ounces