Exactly what type of knife do I have

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My brother passed on to me what he said was a Vietnam era survival knife. Yet, when researching the history of Vietnam survival knives on the Camillus website, I can find nothing that fits the precise description of this knife.
It has a six inch blade with sawteeth on the blade spine. It has a stacked leather washer handle and the blade shows traces of a black coating (most rubbed off). It came with a black riveted sheath and the sheath contains a small pocket on top that houses a three inch sharpening stone.

The blade is stamped CAMILLUS with the lettering NY directly beneath. The plate that separates tha blade and handle contains two holes (as if it would attach to something)

Anyone know the history behind this knife?
 
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I believe you have the camillus pilot's knife. I have one similar to your description, except I think it is a 5 inch blade. Mine also has the two holes in the guard, don't know what they are for.
 
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Agreed, that was my first thought. The Website indicates a five inch blade and since this knife has a six inch blade, it did not quite seem to fit the description.
 

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Camillus manufactured the Pilot Survival knife with a 6" blade from 1959 through 1962. In 1962 the specifications were changed to a 5" blade.

Tom Williams
 
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Ok, just so you know (if you already haven't checked 'em out) below are some url's particularly useful for anyone who so wishes to read, see and know a little more about combat knives/bayonets.
(http://www.usmilitaryknives.com/index1.htm)
(http://www.militaryfightingknives.com/collection.html)
(http://www.old-smithy.demon.co.uk/)
I've spent hours on them all.
And its a fantastic on-line source I keep going back to.
Hope this helps.
 
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