looking for info on my fathers old western hunting knife

Discussion in 'Camillus Collector's Forum' started by dominic2081, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. dominic2081

    dominic2081

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    Jul 12, 2018
    I have my fathers old western hunting knife. He had it for as long as I can remember, I'm 64. it is in pretty good shape - has all the leather spacers and they are tight. I don't have a sheath for it that fits, I'd like to find a replacement. The knife is marked:
    WESTERN
    boulder, colo
    made in USA

    on the opposite side is stamped: L39

    Any idea of manufacture date?
     
  2. 315

    315 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2017
    You might consider posting the question in the Traditional sub-forum. This one doesn’t seem to get much traffic.
     
  3. Phil Gibbs

    Phil Gibbs Cutlery Student Platinum Member

    Nov 11, 1998
    As it was NOT made by Camillus, the Traditional sub-forum, as recommended above, is a better bet.
     
  4. zzyzzogeton

    zzyzzogeton

    Feb 17, 2013
    Since it has the model number stamped on the pile side, that means the knife was made between 1955, when Western started putting model numbers on their knives and 1967, when they moved the model numbers to the guard. Pictures might make it possible to narrow the time line somewhat.

    They are a couple of people who have stated that they got an L39 via S&H Green Stamps in the late 50s that had the model number on the guard, but historically guard stamped models started in 1967.
     
  5. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    TrpleK makes a nice sheath that should work. Model 138-5 available from Amazon. For $30.

    IMG_20180708_125149425-2624x1968.jpg
     
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2018
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