EDC Knife Review – Schrade SCH501S

Specs Sheet:

  • blade length-3.12″
  • closed length-4.625″
  • open length-7.75″
  • width-1.4375″
  • weight-5.15 oz *as per bladehq-independent verification unavailable at this time*
  • height (including belt clip)-0.75″
  • blade composition-9Cr18MoV steel
  • blade style-drop point, partial serrated
  • open type-thumb stud, flipper
  • lock type-liner
  • handle-Stainless Steel & G10
  • other notes-glass breaker tip, lanyard loop

Schrade SCH501S

Best Use: backup EDC/car knife, small urban EDC kit


  • solid construction
  • glass breaker =)


  • heavy & bulky

Summary: this cheap Schrade EDC knife ($28.47 on amazon.ca) seems like a really study EDC. its hearty construction leads to the idea that this knife can take some abuse and may hold up under light survival and camping activities (ie whittling and not breaking down firewood). the integrated glass breaker and lanyard loop are welcome additions, but the weight and size of the knife really hold it back from being a perfect contender. clipping it to jeans adds a noticeable bulge to both the back and front pockets (if it doesn’t for you, congratulations! you’re wearing dad jeans) and puts a very noticeable sag into my running shorts. the blade itself is a very sturdy drop point, half serrated edge that could use with a bit of sharpening. on the hair shaving test it couldn’t take out the thickest hairs on my leg leading me to believe that this knife may have issues holding an edge. still the blade flicks open and easily everytime and I have no concerns with its ability to take down cardboard boxes, cut twine, string and other cordage.


08 September 2016

YYC Chapel Knife Sale!!!

Every few months or so there is this huge charity sale where the Calgary airport chapel sells many confiscated items. There are literal buckets of folding knives, multi tools, Swiss army knives, and loads of other knickknacks and paddy whacks at 30-50% of retail prices. This September marks the first knife sale in 3 months so inventory was huge!!!

Imagine a bucket brimming with $20-$35 CAD Leathermans!!!

Today’s haul:

  • 2 Leatherman Waves ($20 CAD each)
  • 2 Swiss army knives (1 medium – $15 CAD & 1 large – $25 CAD)
  • 1 Gerber EVO MID – TANTO, SERRATED ($20 CAD)
  • 1 Schrade SCH501S ($10 CAD)
  • 1 Smith & Wesson SWMP7TS ($10 CAD)
  • 1 Unbranded Emergency Services Folding Knife ($15 CAD) *for my roommate*
  • 2 bags of various butane and BIC lighters ($5 CAD)

Its not a bad haul today especially considering today’s CAD to USD exchange rate and that most knives take a much higher margin than in the US -these are probably $35-$50 knives in Canada.