The Blade - The SCH104L has a drop point blade and is about 3.7 inches or 9.4 centimeters long from handle to tip. This blade has some nice lines, with a false edge on the spine and a primary bevel that give it a bit of a tactical or fighting knife look.
The Edge - About 1/3 of the blade edge of the SCH104LS is serrated and the rest is straight opposed to the SCH104L which has a 100% fine-edged blade. My knife came shaving sharp and still is after a few weeks of everyday carry in my pocket and has performed well in a boatload of cutting tasks. The width of the blade steel is well over an 1/8 of an inch or about .14 inches or 3.6 millimeters which is quite a bit thicker than many folders in this size range. On the blade spine toward the handle.... you will see a thumb cutout for better leverage when doing fine tasks and a few rows of jimping on the handle for added grip. The blade on either knife is attached to the handle using a single, thick pivot pin. And my blades had no wiggle between the knife and the handle even after several weeks of use.
The Handle - The back of the handle and frame lock is made out of the same steel and coating as the blade and has a rugged steel pocket clip that holds the knife firmly in the pocket. Now just to make things clear... this pocket clip is not designed for belt carry. Belt carry clips normally have deep, defined indent so that your knife stays put on your belt and does not easily slip off. Pocket clips are normally smooth at the end and fasten the knife to your outer pocket... yet make it easy to slide it out of your pocket when grabbed with the thumb and forefinger. On the other side of the handle the knife has an inner stainless steel frame for stability and strength with a nicely contoured and textured black G10 handle on the outside. Both sides of the handle have a matching forefinger cutout and ergonomic curve that fits my other fingers nicely. Although this knife can certainly be used in your left or right hand... it is decidedly more comfortable in my right hand. However, the knife is actually more resistant to slipping in my left hand as the G10 scale side of the handle is naturally gripped against my palm. But regardless of what hand you use... the knife should function well. For extended use... your hands will thank you for gloves due to the exposed pocket clip and hex bolts that slightly rise above the handle surface. The knife is held together by 3 posts with hex nuts on either side of the handles. And finally you will see a lanyard hole toward the butt of the handle. ________
Our Rating So we rate the SCH104L and SCH104LS at a solid 4 out of 5 stars in the $30-$40, medium-sized folding knife category for their quality, high carbon stainless steel, attractive and durable coating, the extra thick frame lock, large and thick blade, their design and details, precision fit and finish, and the rugged, functional styling. We also like that this knife is offered in both a 100% fine edge and partially serrated version. We took off a star because in an extended use, or survival situation this knife can be a bit rough on your hands because of several rounded but slightly protruding hex nuts and the extra large pocket clip on the back side of the handle.
So Who is this Pocket Knife for? The Schrade SCH104L and SCH104LS are very affordable, stout and handsome pocket knives for everyday carry, hunting, fishing, camping, backpacking, general daily use... as backup survival or emergency knives and either knife would also make a great gift.