If you haven’t looked lately, there’s a lot to see at Schrade. Far from just slipjoints and camp knives, Schrade’s now extensive line includes modern everyday-carry and tactical folders. I recently had the chance to check out three of the company’s latest models: the A3BS, an assisted-opening, 2.9-inch-bladed, black tanto; the A4BS, an assisted-opening, 3.3-inch-bladed, black clip point; and the 104LS, a 3.7-inch-bladed, tactical, manually opened framelock. (Okay, so Schrade isn’t big on fancy names for its folders.)

Knife Details
Both assisted openers use blades of 4034 stainless steel—a 2.9-inch tanto style for the A3BS and a 3.3-inch clip point on the A4BS. The “BS” stands for “black finish and serrated edge.” These knives are also available in plain-edge versions, and there’s a satin-finished model available in the A3 line. The knives fire via a flipper trigger on the rear, and they snap open forcefully and lock into place with steel liner locks. The handles on both are aluminum with a hard rubber inlay for grip. A variety of handle colors are available for both knives, which carry a nonreversible pocket clip—a tip-up for the A3BS and tip-down for the A4BS. The A3 weighs in at 4.9 ounces, and the A4, slightly more at 5.1 ounces. Both knives also feature a safety switch, mounted at about mid-handle that keeps the knife from being opened when closed. It also prevents the knife from closing when opened, although it appears to work independently of the liner lock. Suggested retail for each knife is $64.95.

The 104LS tactical framelock is an entirely different style of knife. It uses a 3.7-inch, partially serrated clip-point blade of 9Cr18MoV high-carbon stainless steel coated in a titanium finish. A plain-edge version is also available. The handle of the 104LS is also titanium-coated stainless steel with G10 handle scales situated opposite the lock. The overall length is just over 8.5 inches when opened and a hair under 5 inches when closed. Weight is 6.5 ounces. The 104LS is a manual opener that uses dual ambidextrous thumb studs. Once opened, a sturdy framelock complete with lock-bar stabilizer keeps the blade in place. Absolutely no play is evident with the 104LS when it’s opened and ready for use. The G10 scale has a diamond-plate pattern that provides good traction. A stainless steel pocket clip is mounted and set up for right-hand, tip-up carry. Suggested retail is $49.95.

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