I had an original one and didn't think it was all that great.
Yep. Schrade no longer makes them because the company no longer exists. The name and the designs were bought by Taylor Tools. I do recall that Def had a copy where the tip of the knife blade was bent to fit inside the handle. That was classic.I have both the older and um...newer cheaper models. You cannot compare the old to the new. Not even in the same class.
and it's appalling goverment cheapskates think an Australian soldier should.
That photo of the bent knife was unbelievable.I agree. Unfortunately, we humans have a long and sordid history of giving combat troops substandard equipment.