The Schrade Extreme Survival SCHF9 has made appearances in some of my other posts but its well established popularity precluded the need for a real full-on review. While I wasn't paying attention, Schrade put out a whole bunch of new and interesting knives and once I had the SCHF10 in my hands I discovered that it and its sibling, the SCHF9, had certain complimenting characteristics that could make a review complete only if compared to one another. Let's talk about the SCHF9 briefly if you aren't familiar with it already and to set the tone for the review of the 10. It's a 1095 carbon steel, sharpened crow bar. I think its popularity stems from design characteristics that I believe all products should be based upon; clear purpose. By this I mean, there is absolutely nothing superfluous in the SCHF9. The Extreme Survival nomenclature probably says it all, but Schrade actually seemed to have set out to accomplish the knife's design by cutting all fluff out of the picture so that it could be made of better quality materials rather than cut quality in order to include useless gimmicks. I couldn't have made it better myself, in fact, it almost seems as if I was at Schrade using Gladiator thumb signals for every possible aspect of the design. I probably would have done
something else with the sheath but that is sort of a toss up because the end users are going to vary widely in opinion on the subject of sheath design. In the end, it's a hard use tool with zero gimmicks and anything "nice" that would have added cost was prejudicially omitted. This knife was made to work, not just in materials but in design, and was not made to look pretty. To me, that's a product done right, regardless of what it is, especially when you want to meet a price point. Using Nutnfancy terminology, this knife has almost no "second kind of cool" value. Although for me it's sort of like heavily worn 1911 pistols; they're cool because they're rough. I think it's the same reason Glocks are thought of as cool too. They're ugly and they aren't fancy, but they can still be seen as cool.
comparison because the 9 had clear purpose and sacrificed any aesthetic appeal to get there while in the same line we now have the 10 giving users an awful lot of "nice" with more than the money's worth in functional design features. This knife is as "tactical" as it is "traditional" and combines the right amount of the two resulting in a very attractive, high-value, multi-use blade.
|Very nicely textured Micarta scales.|
|Simply awesome blade shape and finish.|
|One thick hunk of iron.|
|Excellent blending of steel and Micarta.|
|Just look at that fit and finish. Nice!|