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SRK IN CARBON V "MADE IN USA" - Sunday, December 03, 2017 5:55 PM ( #1 )

I just found a SRK in carbon V at a gunshow. It says "MADE IN USA" at the base of the blade.
When were these made in the USA? It also has a sheath made of material, not Kydex.
It is new, unused, unsharpened, but missing a box.
Can one of you Guru's tell me what I have here?
Thx....
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Re:SRK IN CARBON V "MADE IN USA" - Monday, December 04, 2017 7:18 AM ( #2 )
A new Carbon V SRK is a nice find. It is certainly made before 2007. That year Cold Steel stopped making knives at Camillus USA. You can check the catalog archive in what year Cold Steel made the kind of sheath you have. http://www.coldsteel.com/catalog_archives
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Re:SRK IN CARBON V "MADE IN USA" - Monday, December 04, 2017 7:22 AM ( #3 )
It appears in the 1993-1994 catalog with a cordura sheath. The first generation has a lower saber grind (halfway up the blade), the later versions have a higher saber grind (2/3 up the blade).
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Re:SRK IN CARBON V "MADE IN USA" - Monday, December 04, 2017 7:51 AM ( #4 )
Nice find!
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Re:SRK IN CARBON V "MADE IN USA" - Monday, December 04, 2017 8:32 AM ( #5 )
Great find. As posted before it's more then likely a late 92 threw 93 one.
The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
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Re:SRK IN CARBON V "MADE IN USA" - Monday, December 04, 2017 8:33 AM ( #6 )
That is based on the sheath.
The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
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Re:SRK IN CARBON V "MADE IN USA" - Monday, December 04, 2017 10:09 AM ( #7 )

Thanks guys.  It appears as though my SRK is a '93-'94 version judging by the style of the letters.
The catalog archive makes for good reading! It gives me a visual list to hunt for.
I collected Randalls for a long time, but as nice as they are, they're boring. CS blades have
personality. They're "fun". I am now regretting the selling of a couple classic CS knives.

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Re:SRK IN CARBON V "MADE IN USA" - Monday, December 04, 2017 10:35 AM ( #8 )

It really is amazing how diversified the catalog is, CS got its hooks in me a few years back and no looking back now!
Nice knife!
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Re:SRK IN CARBON V "MADE IN USA" - Monday, December 04, 2017 11:04 AM ( #9 )
The SRK was introduced in 1990...I have a copy of the 1990 flyer that also announced the introduction of the ATC and Magnum Tanto II. Based on the archived catalogs, it came with a Cordura/nylon sheath up until 1997 (and then changed to leather for one year, then changed to Conceal-Ex from 1999 to 2004, and then changed to Secure-Ex). However, there were 2 versions of the Cordura sheath...one with 2 retention straps (one around the handle and one over the guard), and one with only one strap over the guard. The 1990 flyer only mentions the Cordura sheath, but doesn't show it. The 93/94 catalog shows the single strap, while the 1995 and 96/97 catalogs show 2 straps.
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Re:SRK IN CARBON V "MADE IN USA" - Monday, December 04, 2017 11:34 AM ( #10 )
Jlauffer, excellent information!
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Re:SRK IN CARBON V "MADE IN USA" - Tuesday, December 05, 2017 12:38 PM ( #11 )

jlauffer


The SRK was introduced in 1990...I have a copy of the 1990 flyer that also announced the introduction of the ATC and Magnum Tanto II. Based on the archived catalogs, it came with a Cordura/nylon sheath up until 1997 (and then changed to leather for one year, then changed to Conceal-Ex from 1999 to 2004, and then changed to Secure-Ex). However, there were 2 versions of the Cordura sheath...one with 2 retention straps (one around the handle and one over the guard), and one with only one strap over the guard. The 1990 flyer only mentions the Cordura sheath, but doesn't show it. The 93/94 catalog shows the single strap, while the 1995 and 96/97 catalogs show 2 straps.
 


This would make a nice sticky to go with your other great ones. A lot of different steels were used it seems like.

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Re:SRK IN CARBON V "MADE IN USA" - Wednesday, December 06, 2017 1:51 PM ( #12 )

I was originally looking for a vg-1 san-mai III version. I have a few san mai blades in
my modest collection. That is what I wanted to concentrate on, but I'll grab any good
deal that shows up. BTW, it has the single strap version cordura sheath. Thanks for
the great insight!

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