Scrade Mariner 735RPB


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The 735 pattern Schrade Mariner’s Knife pre-dates the collapse of the company and subsequent buy-out by Taylor Brands. While the new 735RPB is a Taylor Brand copy of the original and is made in China, the word China does not appear anywhere on the knife.  However the box does label the knife as made in China.  Don’t let that worry you. With the exception of the model number stamped on the tang and the nicely done Ship’s Wheel shield, this knife is identical to the older versions in both style and quality.

On close inspection you will notice that this American Pattern Rigger is more bulky than the Camillus or Colonial counterpart. The bolster holding the marlin spike protrudes out to include the thickness of the marlin spike which gives this knife its bulkier appearance.  The sheepfoot blade is shorter than the more common Camillus which means more of the blade fits within the handle when closed.

As with many riggers, there is a certain amount of wiggle with the marlin spike when in the closed position. The wiggle is not present when opened and locked.  The bail used to lock the spike is marked “push down to release spike”.   The spike has the traditional taper and is exceptional when it comes to picking lines and loosening knots.

The sheepfoot blade is razor sharp right out of the box and very functional. It’s a little shorter and more slender than other Riggers but will get the job done just the same.  I recommend it for lines under 5/8 in. thick but it will cut thicker in a pinch.

The knife retails for slightly more than a Rough Rider and slightly less than the Colonial.  There is no doubt that the main reason for this price is the ship’s wheel shield.  You can’t get it anywhere else.  In all, this is a very well made, well constructed knife that is worth the cost. It is also nice that the pattern is slightly different than the Rough Rider or Colonial, giving a little more variety to the knife collector.

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735rpb-3 Pattern:  735RPB  Mariner’s Knife
Origins: American Military Pattern
Manufacturer: Schrade
Country: China
Closed Length: 4 1/8  inches
Blades: 2
       1) 2 /12 in. Sheepfoot
       2) 3 in. Marlin Spike (locking)
Blade Steel: 440 Stainless Steel
Handle: Red Pick Bone
Shield: Ship’s Wheel
Pins: Brass
Lining: Brass
Bail: Nickel-silver
Bolsters: Nickel-silver