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Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by sunnyd, Jul 20, 2006.
I made this one out of an old 16" chef's knife that my dad had from the army ( they gave it to him when they were getting rid of wood handles )
It had about 2" of the tip broken off and had sat rusty in the knife bucket for as long as I can remember. It had no markings other than the word solingen on the handle. ( or potentially a makers mark etched on the blade, but I had never thought to look for one )
Eventually I plan on remaking the sheath, but it's fine for now.
Some traditional U.S. Military knives...
Camillus Pilot Survival Knives
[Note: Marble's Arms Corporation designed the first Pilot Survial Knife in 1957 based on the Marble's Ideal hunting knife. But Marble's ultimately didn't get the contract for full production. Camillus did and the knives were produced based on the blueprints and specifications that Marble's had sold to the government.
Camillus Pilot Survival Knife, 1st Version, 6-inch blade, c.1958 with screw-on pommel
Camillus Pilot Survival Knife, 2nd Version, 6-inch blade, c.1958-1961 with peened pommel
Camillus Pilot Survival Knife, 5-inch blade version, c.1985 (the final year of the Camillus military contract)
And here's the fixed blade issued to pilots during World War II...
Camillus Army Air Corps Knife
Actually its a M-8 not a M-8A1 so it was only made during WW2. It was made for the M-3 Trench knife. They quit making the M-8 when the A1 (with belt hooks) came out.
Ahhhh didn't realize that, I had a M-8A1 then that my uncle gave me from when he was in Vietnam (traded with a US soldier, he was Australian)...my brother now has it now days.
Heres some further work on my bowie, heat treat is complete:
Here's a couple pics of the M-8 & M-8A1.
The M7 was my first fixed blade I picked it up on a day trip at a second hand surplus shop by a river somewhere.
I bought it as a hunting knife. Before someone has a chance to say anything, I realize it was my worst knife purchase ever. As a hunting knife it's useless.
Why do I find these little Westerns so irresistible?
Because those 48As have an almost perfect balance/feel for their designed tasks - gutting/cleaning/skinning their namesakes, birds and trouts.
I'm still watching out for P48As w/ Orange, Blue or Green phenolic handles (hence the "P" in the model numbers). The Red, Ivory and Yellow are most common, Blue, Green and Orange being as hard to find as hen's teeth. I once saw a full set of all 6 colors of P48As on fleabay.
I have over 100 Western B&Ts, i.e, the 26, 48A, 48B, 48C, K1, K2, and K3 patterns. The earliest I have is a 1931 with "Patent Applied For" and a 1932 "Pat. Pending", both L48As.
Picked this one up the other day. 1 of 30 made in 1095 and cocobolo. I have one in 440c and both are great.
I've got a lot of catching up to do. I wish I had all of these that I bought and gave away or lost when I was younger. They really are fantastic knives.
Because they are!
My take on the OSS lapel dagger...
There are some fantastic knives in this thread! I always overlook the fixed blades, and prioritize buying pocket knives over the larger fixed blades. There are several larger fixed blades on my "want list", and I'll hopefully get to them eventually.
I do have a couple small fixed blades though. You could say I'm a fan of the smaller Bark Rivers
Northwoods Iron River, Bark River City Knife, Little Creek LT, PSK
Almost finished, learned a few lessons about titanium guards and traditional fixturing methods (brazing doesn't work, so silver filled and shot peined). Gotta drill the tang holes in the antler and then epoxy it all.
That is definitely some old school mixed with the new!
North River Frontier Forged Belt Knife in Curly Maple:
Just a poor cell phone photo but here is a little old a little new. An old Remington Bayonet dated 1913 and a chopper I made for working around the property I finished last night. .25" 5160
That is a serious sheepfoot and birdntrout!