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Last Updated: August 12, 2019
The SCHF3 is a survival knife from Schrade. It weighs 13.8 oz, has 6.4″ hollow ground drop point blade, and a 5.6″ Micarta handle.
The Schrade SCHF3N is the non-serrated version of the knife. I generally prefer a non-serrated or fully serrated blade to a partially serrated so it’s nice to see Schrade offering these knives in a few different configurations.
Purpose and Durability
This is one of Schrade’s more popular Extreme Survival Series Knives. It’s intended use is as a survival blade, but it can also work as a full on tactical blade. From a reviewer’s perspective I will mainly be judging this knife on its survival qualities.
First of all, this is a full tang knife which is very important for a survival knife because most likely it will be used for heavy chopping tasks. Also, this knife is made of 440C high carbon stainless steel. This is a good steel for survival knives because it is very hard and holds an edge well. When you are out in the field, you need a knife that will retain an edge and be very strong.
The weight and shape of the blade is something else to note here. The SCHF3 has a drop point and gives it a classic combat knife look. The thick blade contributes to it’s 13.8 ounce weight. I think 13.8 ounces is right at the sweet spot for survival knives. Any lighter and the knife may not be good for chopping, any heavier and the knife becomes too bulky for it’s own good.
The weight combined with the large sweep of the blade makes the SCHF3 very good at chopping. The drop point makes the knife good for carving, detail tasks, and for piercing movements. This knife could be used for defensive purposes, or lashed to a stick as a spear. All in all this is a very versatile blade shape that is heavily constructed for maximum durability with combat and survival in mind.
Handle and Ergonomics
The handle scales are made of Micarta, a high pressure woven resin laminate. Micarta is a classic knife handle material because of it’s high mechanical strength and solid performance in all temperature and weather conditions. The slabs of Micarta are attached to the knife at 3 points with large allen bolts. The handle shape is very ergonomic with large finger choils and a nice light texture. This knife feels very good in the hand, it will be difficult to slip out when using, especially if you use the included lanyard.
This knife includes a heavy nylon sheath with a plastic insert, reinforced with steel grommets. The sheath is set up to be carried left or right handed and has a wrist lanyard. The sheath has a small external pocket you can use to hold a sharpener or small flint for fire starting. This isn’t a bad sheath for a $40 knife. The velcro retention clasp is good because it doesn’t get in the way when you are trying to draw the blade, and there are multiple ways to attach this knife to yourself or your gear.
Schrade SCHF3 Review – Final Thoughts
The Schrade SCHF3 is a well planned and nicely executed survival knife. When you consider that this knife can be had for around $40, it represents a tremendous value. Users of the knife on Amazon have rated the SCHF3 5 out of 5 stars.
- DIMENSIONS: 12 inch (30.4 cm) overall length with a blade length of 6.4 inches (16.2 cm) and a weight of 1 lb 6 ounces
- DURABLE: Blade is made of reliable 8Cr13MoV High Carbon Stainless Steel with a grey, micarta handle
- DEPENDABLE: Quick and easy access with the convenient ballistic sheath making it ideal for EDC
- SECURE: Have confidence that the blade will not slip with the security of the finger choil, finger grooves and jimping
- BE PREPARED: Knife features a full tang design and a lanyard hole