Well, a few months ago one of our subscribers contacted me and said that he found the “real” Ultimate Survival Knife and encouraged me to review the Schrade Extreme Survival knife. I’ve always been into big survival knives. I especially like a large, “do it all,” survival knife because it can substitute the need to carry an axe and a smaller knife. One such knife that has been getting a lot of attention lately is the SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife. I really liked the design of this knife so I knew I had to get one in for a review.
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The Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival fixed blade knife features a thick 6.4″ 1095 high carbon steel full-tang blade with easy-to-grip Kraton handles. The Nylon sheath is lined with Kydex and has a pocket for storing small items. Extremely heavy-duty, well-made knife at a great price!
Read the feature of Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife Review:
- The Blade
Schrade’s SCHF9 is a medium-to-large knife with an overall length of 12.1″, a blade length of 6.4″ and a weight of 15.9 ounces. There are some very interesting design characteristics that are particularly important with regards to this blade:
The SCHF9 is made from a single piece of 1095 High Carbon Steel running throughout. This full-tang design provides all of the strength and rigidity that you would expect from a good survival knife. 1095 High Carbon Steel is a popular tool steel that is much harder than most other steels and stainless steels so it tends to hold an edge much longer, making it an excellent choice for a survival blade. Not to mention, it is typically easier to sharpen steel blades than stainless blades.
While the 1095 High Carbon Steel and full-tang blade design can really take a licking and still hold its edge, it is also susceptible to rust without proper care and maintenance. Even with the protective Teflon coating. By keeping the SCHF9 dry and lightly oiled when not in use, it just might last you a lifetime. The strong blade and blunt tip are thick and heavy-duty, yet well-balanced making it ideal for chopping, prying and digging without any worry of breaking the tip. As a result, the SCHF9’s stout point is not well-suited for situations where piercing objects would be a necessity.
The SCHF9 has an attractive drop-point edge with a slight recurve and blunt tip. The blade is ground with a deep high-flat grind and a slight compound bevel without any serrations. This is a very common grind on factory knives today. The shape of this blade provides a bit more leverage perfect for heavy bushwhacking tasks like chopping and lighter bushcraft techniques like carving and shaving sticks. Unfortunately, it can be somewhat challenging to sharpen with a stone due to the inward curve (or recurve) at the base of the drop-point. The Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener or Lansky PS-MED01 BladeMedic are perfect for providing a quick edge when in the field. However, they tend to leave striations down the length of the blade which are likely to cause it to dull much faster, as opposed to perpendicular striations that are left by most stone sharpening methods.
- The Handle
The SCHF9’s TPE handle is a hard, durable rubber with an aggressive ring pattern providing an excellent non-slip grip even in wet conditions. Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), sometimes referred to as thermoplastic rubber is made from a mix of plastic and rubber polymers providing both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties. The handle was made with a large palm-swell making it easy to hold on to with or without gloves, especially with larger hands. However, the large swell is not so large that someone with small hands could not wield it.
The two halves of the TPE handle are attached through the full-tang blade with four recessed allen bolts threaded directly into the knife steel allowing it to absorb much of the shock when chopping or batoning, thereby reducing fatigue. On the handle, there are three finger cut-outs and tapered ends in addition to five notches located on the top of the handle which provide a variety of gripping options.
There is a large finger choil in front of the fingerguard providing more control over the blade for fine work like whittling notches or shaving sticks. The end of the SCHF9’s handle also has a lanyard hole at its base sized perfectly for a paracord strap and can be used for light hammering in a pinch.
- The Sheath
The SCHF9 comes with a sheath made from a heavy Nylon material. It is stiff and most of the seams are double-stitched. The SCHF9 fits snugly into the Kydex lined pocket and is held firmly in place with an adjustable retention strap. The Kydex lining is fixed in place with rivets so the sheath is really configured for right-hand carry only.
On the front side of the sheath, there is a small removable pouch that can be used to store essentials you’d like to keep handy like a small fishing kit, Ferro Rod, waterproof matches or even some paracord.
At the top of sheath, there is a sturdy Velcro belt loop making it easy to get on or off quickly and should fit most belts through 2.5″. Additionally, there is a strap provided to attach the lower-end of the sheath to your leg. It comes standard with a light nylon rope, but some paracord would certainly be a good improvement.
On the backside of sheath there is a single mollie-type strap for attaching the sheath to a backpack or other equipment.
Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife Specifications:
- 6.4″ blade
- 5.6″ handle
- 1095 High Carbon Steel
- Kraton handle
- 15.9 ounces
- Nylon sheath
Thick spine – so the knife could be used as a wedge for splitting wood. If I wanted to make a fish trap, or fishing spear the knife needed to be thick enough to drive through a piece of wood like a wedge.
Curved blade – for a good slicing edge. Regardless of what part of the blade was being used to cut, the blade would have a curve to it. An example of what I was looking for is the ULU Knife used by native Alaskans.
Sheath with an extra pouch – I wanted an extra pouch on the knife sheath so a multitool could be kept in the same place as the knife. No more keeping the knife in one place, and the multitool in another place.
Easy to attach to MOLLE / ALICE gear – the sheath needed to be able to attach to a large ALICE pack or MOLLE pack with ease. No zip ties and no duct tape required to attach the knife to a pack.
One of the drawbacks to having a thick spine, thick knives do not make good skinning or butchering knives.
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Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife Customer Reviews
Average Amazon Rating: 4.6
The SCHF9, despite how simple it might look from the outside, is a blade that performs fantastically in nearly any situation it’s needed for. The curve of the knife makes it ideal for chopping, allowing it to replace a camp ax or hatchet, for instance. The edge is sharp enough to cut or peel though, making it a tool that can be used for food or work with equal aplomb. As mentioned the tip is a little blunter than a user might expect, but this is an advantage rather than a disadvantage. Combat knives tend to be sharpened and honed at the point because their job is to stab, but a survival knife is more of a cutting, hacking, and peeling tool. A sharpened tip is thinner, weaker, and more likely to break under heavy use. This means that a blunter tip is hardier, and more likely to help the knife last a little bit longer while one is in the wilds.
For a “do it all” survival knife this blade really impressed me. You can tell a lot of thought went into getting the most out of a single tool. I can see this knife replacing a secondary small knife and a hatchet in those instances where you want to travel light. If you combine this with a survival saw and a fire steel you can accomplish most common survival tasks.