Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife
The Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife is a solid workhorse of a knife. The blade is made of 1095 high carbon steel and is 1/4 inch thick. This survival knife is a monster. It is a solid knife. The blade is 6.4 inches long and heavy-duty while the overall length of the knife is 12.25 inches long. The blade comes sharp right out of the box and I mean razor sharp. The thickness and weight of this knife make it a great chopper. It feels like a hatchet in your hand. This knife has a full tang which helps with the solid factor. The price is ridiculously low for a survival knife with steel of this quality. I have to admit, I am not a big Schrade fan but I love this knife. Just be sure to maintain the blade on this survival knife. A little oil will go a long way when storing it. Being a high carbon steel means you have to keep it dry before putting it away (which you should do no matter what the material). The craftsmanship is good but not spectacular. There is a nice looking gray coating over the blade to help protect it and reduce shine. The blade works well for shaving a stick to a spear point which I wasn’t so sure about due to the thickness, however you may need to choke up on the handle when doing finer tasks like shaving bark etc.
The handle is black and made of Kraton. I like the Kraton handles but that is my personal preference. The handle on this survival knife has a few options for gripping and is removable if you want to customize it or replace it with paracord. Some people have complained about imperfections with the texturing on the handle and how you might need to take some light sandpaper to it to remove the rough edges so as to protect your hand from being chewed up. I didn’t have a problem with that but this survival knife is manufactured in China so I don’t doubt that some people have had that experience. The handle has a lanyard hole which some people like to use for mounting.
The Schrade SCHF9 Survival Knife comes with a nylon sheath that has a lot of mounting options. I am not a fan of nylon sheaths but this one does the job. The survival knife fits well enough in the sheath. I just prefer something like a Kydex sheath when it comes to survival knives. To me that is never a deal breaker though. I don’t buy a survival knife based on the sheath that may or may not come with it. If I have to, I will simply buy another sheath that I prefer to replace the one that comes with the knife.
Overall this is a really great value. It is a very heavy-duty, solid survival knife at a great price. I wouldn’t compare it to a Becker BK2 but you won’t pay Becker Bk2 prices either. Just keep in mind that this is a rather heavy and big survival knife, which makes it great for batoning wood but I don’t like to carry anything over 10 inches on my side when it comes to practical use.
Schrade SCHF9 Survival Knife Details:
- 6.4″ blade, 5.6″ handle
- 1095 High Carbon Steel
- Kraton handle
- 11.4 ounces
- Includes nylon sheath