Schrade Old Timer Honesteel 7.125" Sharpening Steel, Leather Lanyard and Sheath - HS1


MSRP* : $28.00 | You Save* : $10.05 (36%)
Part #: SCHHS1 | Schrade Knives
Earn 180 knifeREWARDS Points!
SCHHS1: Old Timer Honesteel Sharpener

7.125" x 1" sharpening steel with chisel point. Lanyard hole with leather lanyard. Brown leather belt sheath. Made in China.

Founded by Stewart Taylor in 1975, Taylor Brands has been manufacturing, designing and distributing high-quality stainless steel knives and accessories since its inception.

Taylor Brands manufactures Schrade Cutlery such as Old Timer, Uncle Henry, Schrade Tuff, and X-timer. They have recently introduced a high quality line of Schrade flashlight, scissors, and shears.

Taylor Brands also manufactures Smith & Wesson Cutlery such as S.W.A.T., Extreme Ops, Homeland Security, Search & Rescue, and H.R.T. Taylor Brands is also renowned for their specialty items and custom designed pieces such as the Texas Ranger Commemorative Knives celebrating the 180th Anniversary of Texas Rangers.

Outdoor enthusiasts, hunters and, most recently, law enforcement and fire safety professionals utilize Taylor Brands products.

UPC Code: 044356209649

Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Steel Handles
Steel Handles
Stainless Steel knife handles provide strength and durability and look and feel great.
3.947 (38 reviews)
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Schrade Old Timer Honesteel 7.125" Sharpening Steel, Leather Lanyard and Sheath
1 out of 5
Pros: None
Cons: Effectiveness, Overall Quality
I purchased this hone steel from BATTENFELD PRODUCTS and it was delivered very quickly. When I inspected the item it was very clear that there was a problem with the surface of the product. The grooves were not very deep at all. When I ran my knife blade across it I could not feel ANY drag. Almost like running across a smooth piece of steel.I found it to be very unsatisfactory and when the company sent me an e-mail asking me to fill out a survey, I did so stating the above. The customer service rep. was very sorry to hear this an promptly sent me another hone steel at no cost to me. This is something that they did not have to do and it was very much appreciated!When the replacement hone steel arrived I found it to be just as unsatisfactory as the first one. I used it in the normal way by running my knife blade across it still feeling no DRAG. I held the blade stationary and ran the hone steel across it like I was using a file.I still could not feel any DRAG. I have an old Schrade hone steel that I bought 20 some odd years ago. It was an OUTSTANDING product, made in the U.S.A. but is about worn out. I can still feel a DRAG when I run my blade across it.These new hone steels are made of a different grade of metal and made in China.It is my belief that there is no U.S.A. rep / inspector in China to insure that there is QUALITY CONTROL! I absolutely would not recommend buying this product
Schrade Old Timer Honesteel 7.125" Sharpening Steel, Leather Lanyard and Sheath
1 out of 5
Pros: None
Cons: Durability, Ease of Use, Effectiveness, Overall Quality
Review Retraction
After spending 4 hours trying to smooth out all the gouges on the sides of Old Timer Honesteel, I tried my EDC folder in AUS8 (57-59 HRC) on the Honesteel edge, like a butcher steel. When the blade hit a slight imperfection it went chattering along the Honesteel, taking metal off the Honesteel, leaving a washboard road effect on the Honesteel's edge. It appears the Honesteel wasn't hardened properly, if AUS8 can cut into it. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I sent the Honesteel to Batenfeld Technologies customer service, parent company of Old Timer, with a letter stating the problem, included e-mail, phone number, and address. That was three weeks ago, and I haven't heard a word back from them, as yet. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> In the meantime, I ordered the Gossman Survival Tool, from Scott Gossman, of Gossman Knives (D2 steel). It is everything Old Timer Honesteel is supposed to be. See original review below.
Schrade Old Timer Honesteel 7.125" Sharpening Steel, Leather Lanyard and Sheath
4 out of 5
Pros: Durability, Effectiveness, Ease of Use
Cons: Overall Quality, None
What the …? Has Old Timer Gone Senile?
Whoa, Nellie! I see what the problem is, and why many say this thing doesn’t sharpen. Problem is, this thing didn’t know what it wanted to be when it grew up, so it became a bum. Let’s start with a few basic concepts. A “honing steel,” “butcher steel,” is not a knife sharpener. It is used to realign the micro edge on your blade (rolling/chipping), thus prolonging the sharpness of your blade between sharpenings. It doesn’t remove steel from the blade. There are knife sharpeners made of steel. They’re called files, and have UNIFORM sharp ridges cut into hardened steel that remove metal from the blade you’re sharpening. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Upon receiving the Old Timer Honesteel I noted that the wide flat surfaces seemed to have been roughed up with a rotary rasp/gouge that had left divots, spikes, gouges, and grooves running length wise of varying depths/sizes (very rough). It didn’t look to me like anything that would sharpen, but, just to see if there were some miracle mechanical principles of physics at play, that I didn’t know about, I took my EDC utility folder that was just starting to dull, and tried sharpening it on the wide flat area of the hone steel. The hone steel completed the dulling process (I imagine further rolling the edge, and taking further small chips from the blade edge). That is what I suspected it would do. Next I tried to use the rounded edge of the hone steel as a proper butcher steel, but found the rotary gouge had not spared the edge of the hone steel, and it was too rough to use as a butcher steel. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, I took the hone steel to my EZ LAP medium diamond bench stone (#EZL92M, available @ and tried to smooth out the wide flat surfaces of the hone steel a bit. After a 1/2 hour I discovered that: 1.) The rotary gouge had dug a dip in both sides of the hone steel, so that I would have to remove 1/16” of metal just to get the hone steel flat again, if it ever started that way. 2.) that this was going to be a time consuming project (would go faster on a belt sander). 3.) Hone steel would fall out of the sheath after I had removed all that metal from it. I have opted to just smooth out the edges of the hone steel to use as a butcher steel (1 ½ hrs. estimated time to smooth out edges on bench stone). >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Your best butcher steels are smooth (see: Boker German Made Sieger Long Life Ruby Sharpener, Item # BO09SR001, available @ They prolong the life of an edge between sharpening, therefore, prolonging the life of your knife with less sharpening over its lifetime (less steel removed from the blade). Smith & Sons, and Grossman Knives make nice D2 steel pocket hone steels that are around $60. The Grossman Survival Tool (GST) was featured on pg. 32 of the Sept/Oct issue of Knives Illustrated. It is very similar to this Old Timer Honesteel, but they used a 36-grit ceramic belt to UNIFORMLY texture the flats of the hone steel, so as, to use as a sharpener/file (edges are smooth, to use as butcher steel). I went on BTI, LLC website (parent Company of Old Timer), and found the O.T. Honesteel is 6.20 oz. of A3 tool steel (1.25% carbon). Not a bad steel for the purpose; can be (and seems to be) tempered to 57-62 HRC. If you put in $60 worth of your time on Old Timer Honesteel, you’ll have a nice $25 pocket hone steel w/ $20 sheath. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Since there are no instructions included, here is how to use Honesteel once you have smoothed out the edges. HOW TO USE: After several cuts with your sharp knife blade, when you just start to notice the blade dragging, not cutting as well as the first cuts, lightly hone the edge of your blade on the smoothed, rounded edge of the Honesteel with alternating forward/downward strokes. It will realign the micro edge on your blade. The number of cuts you can perform before you need to, “steel,” will vary, depending on the material your cutting, and the type of steel your blade is made of. Cleaning a fish, or cutting cardboard, you may need to steel after just a few cuts. Slicing meat, or cutting rope you may get many more cuts before needing to steel the edge. Keeping a proper angle is essential. Practice at home with the knife you will be honing in the field on a bench stone using the magic marker method, until you can consistently duplicate the proper angle on the steel. Don’t use too much pressure. You’re not trying to remove metal. Once blade is dull you’ll need to re-sharpen, and the hone steel is pretty much useless. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The Old Timer Honesteel has a nice 30° double bevel chisel on the end that should work great for splitting kindling/wood for cooking fire, or notching/grooving wood. This will also save steel on your good camp knives. The leather sheath is very nice, too. Although, this hone steel has some drawbacks, once you put some time into it, you will have a nice pocket steel that will save metal on your field knives, and prolong their longevity. And, when you’re field dressing that deer on a frosty November morn, you can take pride in the fact that your knife is staying sharp because of the time and effort you put into this hone steel.
Read all 38 Reviews »
Loading Reviews


Subscribe to our Newsletter for exclusive offers!