Camillus Vietnam Era Pilot Survival knife?

Discussion in 'Camillus Collector's Forum' started by Revhardheaded, Feb 14, 2019.

  1. Revhardheaded

    Revhardheaded

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    Jan 11, 2018
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    This is a nice one I picked up. Has the original sheath minus the sharpening stone holder.

    Was wondering what the two holes are for in the guard.
     
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  2. sac troop

    sac troop

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    Mar 4, 2009
    Along with the knife, sheath, and sharpening stone, the knife was also issued with a thin but strong nylon cord. Sometime I saw a few pages from a manual that had drawings about a survival pack that included a one-man life raft. The end of the paddle had a socket built into it that the hex pommel of the survival knife would fit into. As the story goes the knife could be secured to the end of the paddle with the cord provided, and the two holes in the guard were provided to expedite that. This way the knife/paddle could be utilized together. Like a spear or digging stick.
     
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  3. Revhardheaded

    Revhardheaded

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    Jan 11, 2018
    Very interesting.
     
  4. David Nowlin

    David Nowlin Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    That is very nice. Should it be restored or left in original used condition? I personally like it as is. :D
     
  5. Revhardheaded

    Revhardheaded

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    Jan 11, 2018
    It’s in pretty good condition
     

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