On all the hunting and fishing trips my Grandpa and I went on, the only hunting knife I remember seeing strapped to his side was his Schrade Sharpfinger. He used it for everything from cleaning fresh trout and skinning elk, to cutting hot dog sticks for dinner.
The Sharpfinger is a fixed blade hunting/skinning knife introduced by Schrade Cutlery in the early 70’s. Under the famous “Old Timer” line the Sharpfinger has been in constant production for over 35 years and is one of the most popular hunting knife styles ever produced.
Schrade Sharpfinger Specs:
- Blade Type: Clip
- Blade Length: 3.3”
- Blade Material: 400 Series Stainless Steel
- Carry System: Leather Sheath
- Handle Material: Delrin
- Total Length: 7”
- Weight: 3.1 oz
The Sharpfinger has a nice curved handle that is very comfortable to use (now called “ergonomic”) made from Delrin. Advertised under the trade name of “Saw Cut Delrin” it is said to be unbreakable and impervious to heat and cold. The handle is square with rounded corners and it secured to the full tang blade with rivets, giving the knife a sure grip even with wet slippery hands.
The blade is a clip style blade with quite a bit of curve which comes to a very sharp point. The blade has a nice choil that extends over the handle protecting the hand from sliding up the blade while working. Along with a nice thumb rest on the top of the blade the Schrade Sharpfinger is a well designed, easy to use fixed blade hunting knife. This hunting knife is a great all around knife that will take most tasks in stride. It also makes a pretty good caping knife due to it’s sharp point.
Unfortunately Schrade went out of business in 2004 and since then there are many manufactures producing Sharpfinger style hunting knives. The official trademark was purchases by Taylor Brands LLC. Who is now having these knives produced in China. So if you happen to get an old one from Grandpa or possibly Ebay it would be a good knife to hold on to.