Schrade SCHF37 Review: Features, Pros, Cons of This Survival Knife

Inexpensive bushcraft knives that don’t compromise on quality are hard to come by.

The Schrade SCHF37 is built from 1095 steel, which is super impressive considering the low price. It is long, and looks sturdy, making it seem like the perfect budget bushcraft knife.

But there’s a lot more to consider than just the material when purchasing a knife.

In this post, I will review the features of the SCHF37 in detail to determine if the knife’s worth your money.

Schrade SCHF37 Frontier 12.4in High Carbon Steel Full Tang Fixed Blade...
  • DIMENSIONS: 12.4 inch (31.4 cm) overall length with a blade length of 7 inches (17.8 cm) and a...
  • DURABLE: Blade is made of reliable 1095 Powder Coated High Carbon Steel with a black, ring textured...

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Schrade SCHF37 Review

Schrade SCHF37

Construction Style and Build

The SCHF37 is a heavy-duty full tang knife that is perfect for use as a camping/survival knife. It certainly looks the part – boasting an all-black exterior and a slim design.

The blade is made out of 1095 high-carbon steel, which is quality steel mostly used to build expensive knives. The steel is known to hold a good edge and to sharpen easily.

The quality steel is the main selling point of the SCHF37, and the steel lives up to its reputation, enabling you to get through a batoning session without much trouble.

If you hike or camp, the knife is perfect for you since you can use it to chop wood and also as a wedge for splitting wood.

Its full tang construction ensures that the knife does not break even under tremendous pressure. The knife gives you the power of an ax – but without the weight.

Keep in mind that the overall design of the knife is decent at best – this is not the right knife to go for if aesthetics is your primary lookout.

The blade is powder-coated, which gives protects it from rusting. But the powder-coating makes the edge uneven, which in turn reduces cutting efficiency.

You will need to sharpen it before you use it.

Size and Weight

The knife is noticeably heavy – it weighs 14.5 ounces, and while I don’t mind a slightly heavy knife, if you’re looking for something more lightweight, there are better options out there.

The knife is 12.4 inches long, and while the blade is 7 inches long, the blade only has a 6-inch-long sharpened edge.

The one inch of unsharpened blade is taken up by a generous finger choil, which makes for greater control for tasks like carving.

Grip

The scales on the handle are made from TPE, and while the handle looks good, I find it to be a little narrow for my liking at 5.25 inches.

I’d like the knife a lot better if it had a bigger handle.

Regardless, the large lanyard hole at the end of the handle is a nice touch.

The TPE scales are detachable – you can remove them by unscrewing the recessed hex bolts, and replace them with customized or aftermarket scales that better suit your style.

The grip of the knife has aggressive jimping, which would help with grip if they weren’t so sharp. The sharp edges of the jimping make the knife impossible to use bare-handed without getting blisters.

While you could smoothen the jimping off using sandpaper, it is a little inconvenient.

Accessories

The knife comes with a nylon sheath with a hook-and-loop fastener that you can use for a belt loop. It also comes with a piece of cordage that you can use as a leg tie.

The sheath has a tight snap, which is impressive considering the SCHF37 is an economy knife. While the quality of the sheath is excellent for the price, you cannot expect it to last through extended rough use.

It has an exterior pocket that has two bonuses: a sharpening stone and a Ferro rod and striker.

These bonuses make the knife an ideal budget bushcraft knife. You won’t have to spend extra on getting a fire starter or sharpening stone.

The nylon sheath rides high on a belt – which I usually wouldn’t mind, but my shirt keeps getting in the way of the sheath when I try to re-sheath the knife.

I’d have liked a lower leg-drop sheath or a dangler-style sheath better.

But these are tiny compromises that you will need to make if you buy a low-priced knife.

Warranty

Schrade offers a lifetime warranty, but it is limited to material and manufacturer defects. The warranty does not cover damage from misuse and abuse.

Pros

  • 1095 high-carbon steel
  • Full tang, drop-point design
  • Designed for rough use
  • Excellent pricing

Cons

  • Sharp handle jimping
  • Power coating causes drag
  • Heavy knife
Schrade SCHF37 Frontier 12.4in High Carbon Steel Full Tang Fixed Blade...
  • DIMENSIONS: 12.4 inch (31.4 cm) overall length with a blade length of 7 inches (17.8 cm) and a...
  • DURABLE: Blade is made of reliable 1095 Powder Coated High Carbon Steel with a black, ring textured...

Last update on 2020-12-01 at 08:22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


Questions About the Schrade SCHF37

Q: Are aftermarket grips available for the SCH37?

A: You can find aftermarket grips for the knife, and you can also design a custom grip.

Q: Does the Schrade SCHF37 have a flat grind?

A: No, it has a shallow hollow grind.

Q: Is the knife made in the USA?

A: All Schrade knives are made in China.


What People Are Saying…

1095 steel is found in high-end knives, and customers are happy that they get a 1095 steel knife for cheap.

But I’ve noticed some common complaints – the most concerning of which is the issue with quality control.

Customers report the knife breaking on first-time use. But the customers got their replacement knives in days, which didn’t break.

There is a small chance that you will get a low-quality knife.

The second gripe that customers report is that the grip of the knife feels awkward because of the narrower handle, large finger choil, and sharp jimping. Using gloves reportedly makes using the knife a lot more comfortable.

But other than this, there are no issues with the knife.


Verdict

If you need a quality knife for rough use and don’t want to spend much, the Schrade SCHF37 is perfect for you.

While the design is decent at best, the quality of the steel is excellent. You can chop and baton wood with ease. You can also use the knife for carving. I can recommend the SCHF37 unreservedly if you need a bushcraft knife on a budget.

Schrade SCHF37 Frontier 12.4in High Carbon Steel Full Tang Fixed Blade...
  • DIMENSIONS: 12.4 inch (31.4 cm) overall length with a blade length of 7 inches (17.8 cm) and a...
  • DURABLE: Blade is made of reliable 1095 Powder Coated High Carbon Steel with a black, ring textured...

Last update on 2020-12-01 at 08:22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API



Written by Joel Jefferson

Joel is one of the original founders of SurvivalCache.com. After college, he joined the USMC where he served as an (0302) Marine Infantry Officer. Joel is an avid outdoorsman and spends much of his free time in the mountains. Joel’s hobby is researching survival gear & weapons as well as prepping. Read his full interview here. Read more of Joel's articles.

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