Schrade SCHF36 Frontier Review

schrade schf36 review

I think you’ll agree with me when i say….

Schrade SCHF36 is good budget friendly bushcraft/camping Knife…..with great durability and performance.

So In this post I’ll review Schrade SCHF36 Frontier knife. And i’ll cover all the good and bad aspects in detail. So that you can finally decide if it’s worth buying or not.

Key features

  • Blade is made of reliable 1095 Powder Coated High Carbon Steel
  • A black, ring textured thermoplastic elastomer handle
  • Quick and easy access with the convenient polyester belt sheath
  • Have a finger choil and jimping
  • Knife features a ferro rod, sharpening stone and a lanyard hole

Overall Feel and look of the Knife

The Schrade SCHF36 Frontier is a full fixed blade knife with an overall length of 10.4 Inches, a blade length of 5 inches and weighs around 12.3 oz.

Blade

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The blade of the knife is made up of 5 inches long 1095 high carbon steel. 1095 steel is a basic form of carbon steel and is most commonly used in the construction of various knives. It is both hard and wear resistant. It can easily hold itself during the long sessions of batoning and chopping.

Knives made with 1095, holds a great edge and is very easy to sharpen. It will be an asset especially for those people who are still an amateurs when it comes to their knife sharpening skills. However the 1095 has the tendency to easily rust if not oiled and deliberately cared for.

To counter that the blade has a black powder coating which is effective to a large extent. But after the coating will wear out it will rust so make a habit to properly clean your knife after use. One impressive thing about the knife is its spine. It is 0.223 inches thick or about a 1\4 inches. It is very stout and a very beefy blade.

Whatever you can span with this knife you will be able to split it without any problem, it’s a tank when it comes to batoning tasks as long as you can split it. As for the chopping tasks. You can very easily chop medium to lightweight stuff and clear some branches.

Aside from batoning and chopping, the spine is grounded at 90 degrees to use it with firesteel. It can throw some really nice sparks very effective and easily to generate fire.

The blade features drop point and a hollow grind. Because of that hollow grind it makes the edge of the blade very fine. And you’re able to get really fine feather stick making done with this knife. Slicing through anything was buttery smooth and always a pleasure.

The finger choil on the knife is small compared to other knives in the market in my opinion. But you are able to choke up and get a good grip on the knife for various camp tasks.

Handle

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The handle is made of TPE rubber on the tang of the knife. TPE stands for thermoplastic elastomer. And it is a hard, durable rubber with an aggressive ring pattern providing an excellent non-slip grip even in wet conditions.

It fits very naturally as you wrap your hand around the handle and the contours. And the cut out on the handle makes it a comfortable fit for all hand types. It curves at the bottom and have a lanyard hole as well. The thing that bothers me is a hump right below where your middle finger sits which is kind of odd.

It doesn’t help out your hand at all when you’re holding it just in the natural grip. In my opinion it doesn’t need to be there, it would have been nice just to have that nice and flat. Then there’s a jimping at the back which really poorly executed.

I have heard from people that it is very painful to do any form of chopping even with the gloves on. But with normal cutting you don’t really feel it. Other than these things the handle is very good and provide a nice grip over the knife.

Sheath

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The SCHF36 comes with a sheath made from Nylon material with a leg tie down. It is a fairly good quality black nylon that’s nicely stitched in most places. It is very good for such an inexpensive knife.

It has a heavy duty plastic line in which the knife snugly into. 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 pouch that you can use to store essentials. You’d like to keep handy like a small fishing kit, Ferro Rod, waterproof matches or even some paracord. It does come included with a very effective ferro rod or firesteel and a pretty good diamond sharpening stone.

It is not Molle compatible but the sheath easily straps to just about any belt. And uses a flippin tuck belt strap system to attach to your belt without taking it off. However you will have to upgrade your sheath in near future. Because it is comparatively low quality sheath and will last long enough until you buys a new sheath for your knife.

 

Pros
  • Budget friendly bushcraft knife.
  • Well built and highly durable.
  • Very sharp and easy to sharpen.
  • Sheath,small ferro rod and sharpening stone is also provided.
  • Comfortable and easy to use.
Cons
  • Too much batoning is not possible

 

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Conclusion

This is a great budget friendly knife for camping, hunting, backpacking, preppers, bushcraft, and for emergencies. The Schrade SCHF36 is a good choice for people who wants a great performing knife for outdoor adventure.

 

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