Are you looking for a perfect all-purpose carry knife? Are you infatuated with nostalgia and enjoy knives that have stood the test of time? Look no further than the Schrade 8ot Stockman.
I was given one, new in box, for my birthday in July. It was a difficult decision to open it. But, I’m not one for knife collecting. I’m one for knife using. I finally decided to open my “Old Timer” when the mercury dropped low enough to warrant denim jeans. I carry a Spyderco Delica clip-knife throughout summer. But when it comes to fall and winter, I prefer a classic pocket-knife design that fits in my jeans’ coin pocket. Thus far, I’ve used it for roughly two months but wanted to wait until I used it on my yearly backwoods adventure before writing a review.
Upon opening the knife, the first thing I noticed was how sturdy it felt. Nothing moved. Nothing rattled. It felt SOLID. Of course, the blade hinges were stiff – and still are – but they are beginning to loosen from repeated use.
Upon opening each blade, I contemplated their intended uses and how I intended to use them.
The Clip Blade. The clip blade is a bit longer than I had expected which has turned out to be an excellent surprise. It is powerful and has handled the largest jobs I’ve attempted with ease. From cutting rope and whittling to cutting beef and trout, the stockman’s clip blade is exceptional.
Spey Blade. Spey blades were originally intended to castrate livestock. I’m no farmer or cowboy so I’ve yet to use it for this purpose. However, the Old Timer’s spey blade is a fantastic all-purpose blade. This is my go-to blade and I have used it for everything. It can take a beating and continue cutting like new.
Sheepfoot. The Old Timer’s sheepfoot blade is spectacular! This blade is often used as a carpenter’s blade but I’ve found it perfect for peeling food. It’s point is perfect for peeling apples. I also try to “baby” this blade so that it stays sharp so that even well after a sharpening, I have a blade that is ultra-sharp and ready for use.
Overall, I’ve found that the Schrade 8ot Stockman “Old Timer” is the epitome of small to medium -sized pocket knives. I fully expect that when I’m an old man, I’ll be rocking on my front porch, smoking a pipe, and using my Old timer to whittle trinkets for my grandchildren.