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    I inherited a Shrade Walden knife #148 and sheath exactly as above. However, the blade sides of my knife are not corroded and pitted as is the one in this internet picture. However, the finish of my knife is extremely smooth and appears to be color case-hardened with the mottled silver and gray shades or colors one would associate with such a surface finish.

    Does anyone know as fact that Shrade Walden case-hardened these knife blades or applied a mottled finish process to them, or an oil-quench to finish heat-treat? This is my late father-in-laws knife and I would put its manufacture at sometime in the early 1950's.

    This knife and sheath are in excellent condition, especially for having been a deer skinning and butchering tool.

    There is this on the Schrade Walden #148 and subsequent models:

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    That knife is of a type that I love to use. Western #66 I believe. I have one that I've had for years that I picked up in a pawn shop. Another sans handle that is a work in progress, and another that my grandfather owned. He had a notch cut in each of the leather handle layers indicating a buck skinned with it.

    None of mine have corroded at all and all are carbon steel. I have never paid any attention to the finish, only that they hold an edge well. The one I use regularly does have somewhat of a mottled finish. I just attributed it to the discoloration of the carbon steel.

    It would be interesting to know if there was some process used on the blades. If there was, it worked very well.


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    Marbles Gladstone

    This knife belonged to my dad. I don't know if it was a recent purchase or one he got years ago. I wish I knew.


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    Kabar
    This knife belonged to my grandfather and he used it quite a lot. It has the notches you can see on the handle.


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    Western L66
    I bought this knife in a pawn shop in Corpus Christi about 43-44 years ago. It is my favorite deer skinning knife.

    The finish on all the blades is a patina rather than anything that might be case hardening. Perhaps Schrade Walden (Schrade is my all time favorite working knife. I have more of them than anything else.) had a process. I know that if they are kept oiled and clean they will hardly rust but will develop a mottled patina.

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    "........ mottled patina." Sayyyy........I don't think even Hillary has some of that!

    My knife is the same as your third photo, the Western, except my Shrade has an aluminum hand-guard. The sheath appears to be the same also, plain leather with rivet bolsters.

    "Mottled patina...........maybe I am somebody, after all?"
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    I think "mottled Patina" is like aged "Funky Cold Medina".

    Alan
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