Make sure you buy some Simichrome polish, rouge cloth and a Rust Eraser to keep them nice looking. I don't think all the Golden Spikes had blade lettering. I would think if you used the knife that the blade rubbing in and out of the sheath would eventually rub it off anyway. A lot of money, but the knife was only produced for two years (1978 - 1980), and you don't see them very often. Dating the American Imperial knives produced between 19 is relatively simple.
Well in a few short days , I have added to My single Schrade Old Timer340T. Other than that, its very mint with box and sheath.
The new additions are : Schrade Old Timer 60T USA NIB with sheath Schrade Old Timer 152 USA Sharpfinger with sheath Schrade Uncle Henry Golden Spike153UH Mint in box with sheath.
In 1985, the company became the Imperial Schrade Corporation.
In 2004, Imperial Schrade's New York manufacturing plant closed, and all production shifted overseas.
Man, I got outbid on a 130T this past week, went for a shade under $85. Im still trying to learn about all the various models.
You choose the condition you are willing to settle for. #148 - bought new in about 1966 , still shaving sharp - bottom one is a new in box sharp finger , given away with guns + ammo magazine subscription in 1983 - blade has never had wrapper removed , plate in handle is stamped guns + ammo - Wooo a couple of special Schrades there. I never had more than a single Schrade pocket knife but now I see how cool they really are to collect and use. One issue though is that the Schrade Super Sharp stamped lettering on the blade is very light as if someone rubbed most of it out . blademan, The Golden Spike was priced ok but I didnt steal it . Imperial knives was a manufacturer of affordable American folding knives founded in Rhode Island in 1916.By the 1940s, Imperial knives became the Imperial Knife Associated Companies Group when the company acquired Schrade Cutlery. they go for a dear price, but at least, you got a shot at something old.