I have the Chinese Imperial Small Trapper and Congress, and they're all right. the finish and construction seems better than the late Imperial Ireland shell-handled knives.
Some of the blade final bevels are kind of sloppy changing angle and depth down the length of the blade, I've been experimenting with various new bevel angles on them, resetting on a diamond stone, then finishing up on Arkansas and lapping film. Also the Trapper had both blades hitting the spring at the center pin.
I took them back a little, maybe 1/64" when I was putting on a new bevel, and that seems to have fixed it. Kicker seems long enough.
The steel seems okay. It is stainless, and I've gotten them up to easily shaving-sharp. The trapper has seen use as an impromptu steak knife, and was still hair shaving afterwards, even with some strikes and pressure on the plate the butcher-knife thin edge I put on it didn't roll.
If anything they're good for me to experiment and practice on. The "celluloid" is _real pretty_ on 'em too, and seems to be pretty hard wearing.
I have a few real spotty made in the USA Schrades from 90s that make me wonder what their QC was doing to let them out of the factory
- and some real good ones. Total toss up.