The Lucas Forge Old Guide: A Classic Schrade Folder Lives On as a Fixed Blade
By Steven Dick
Sometime in early 1972 I saw an ad for a new Schrade folder, the 125OT (Old Timer), in a firearm publication. While the basic design was that of the traditional 5¼-inch American folding hunter, Schrade had added a brass liner-lock to the knife. Other than the Buck 110 and its many clones, locking folders were still relatively rare in those days. I promptly inquired at all the local Schrade dealers in my area but none were stocking the model and most had never even heard of it.
Summer rolled around and I headed off to a job cruising timber for the U.S. Forest Service out of the old Randle Washington Ranger District. My night-time entertainment often focused on sending away for mail order outdoor equipment catalogs, including that of the legendary Maher and Grosh Cutlery Company. Much to my pleasure, M&G was offering the new Schrade and the price was only $8.25 (3 for $22.50)! A check was in the mail the next day.
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