A Schrade Uncle Henry was my very first knife. I got it as a birthday present from a family member when I was 8 or 9 years old. I used that knife to make traps, craft forts, cut down small trees… It was abused to such an extent I broke the tip off twice. I used the hell out of that knife and I wish I still had it. I can honestly say it was the first adult tool I ever owned.
Among knife collectors, especially those who are 30 years old or older, the Schrade Uncle Henry is an iconic knife model. Very few other knives out there can evoke memories of lazy childhood summers, or learning to hunt, or entire chapters of people’s lives quite like the Uncle Henry can.
What some might not know about the Uncle Henry is that it actually uses an interested stainless steel for the blade. Specifically, 7Cr17 high carbon stainless steel. This is why an Uncle Henry holds a better edge than cheaper and more common 440C stainless steel. 440C stainless steel can be very tough when properly heat treated, but I personally don’t care for it for a variety of reasons no relevant to this review.
The Uncle Henry model of knife was designed in a simpler era. Each knife has wood (rosewood) scales, brass pins, and an attractive, classic shape. These are not modern folders with pocket clips. Uncle Henry model knives come with a knife pouch to wear on the belt. The most popular style of carry is just to let it sit on the bottom of one’s pocket, though.
All modern Uncle Henry knifes have the following stats:
Warranty: Lifetime warranty
Material: 7Cr17 high carbon stainless steel
Handles: Rose wood
Bolsters: Nickel Silver
The Uncle Henry model I actually own now is an LB5. This means it has an overall length of 6.5 inches and a blade length of 2.8 inches. It is significantly smaller than the LB7 I had when I was a kid. It is also worth mentioning that Uncle Henry knives are now made in China and the quality is not as good as similar models sold in the 70’s and 80’s. However, at about $20 USD for an LB5, they are still an excellent value.
Verdict: When I take my nostalgia goggles off, it gets 3.2 out of 5 stars. That said, this is a great style of knife for work or other places where people may think a modern knife looks too scary. I personally keep mine by my home office desk to open packages. I destroyed my old LB7 through youthful exuberance, but I plan to have my LB5 for the rest of my life.