I knew I would find Jacks Thread on Military Clasp Knives, I think this Thread is FAR TOO IMPORTANT to let lie.... I posted this post in the Old Knives sectioned, but felt that with all of Jack's hard work and most informative posts- that this Thread needs some viewing again, I just hope that this new Wade and butcher is decent enough to occupy this Thread, anyway here is the post..... Heres is a knife that may not stand out as a spectactular knife- but to me it is, here in New Zealand we do come across the odd Military Rope/Clasp Knife- and I just love seeing Jacks posts- as our Jack has a great deal of these- and man are they robust tough Knives- certainly ones to respect as having a great importance in the History of Man in Warfare. I saw this wade and Butcher Giant come up and I wanted it, this is a beat of a knife and considerably bigger than the "usual" Military issue Knife that we see, this guy is 5 inches closed and weighs a TON! On the Mark side it is stamped Wade &, Butcher, Sheffield, England. On the Pile side it has the Stampings of the circled B, the Arrow, then the Maltese Cross, with 1936 stamped underneath, now I am not too sure but suspect the 1936 is not a date but pattern- this comes up often- but I place this knife around this era. On the Marlin Spike it has the Ordnance Stamp and a 6, it would be great to find records as these numbers have meanings as into what particular unit etc these Knives may have been issued to.. Bakelite Handles Im sure although I havent looked too much into this as of yet, Copper Bail as many of the WW issued Knife like this had. Boy...The guys in the day must have had Nails on their hands that could pull nails from planks- Strong Pull!! The Blade is nearly full, the snap will take your fingers of if caught in the wrong place- Whew! This is a great knife and I am glad to have it as there is not many of these around- that I have seen anyway - this is not to say they are not out there, but I doubt they are plentiful. I took a photo of the Wade and Butcher with some of it's Cousins, Directly Below the Wade and Butcher ( Top Knife ). is a very early Stag Stamped: Harrison's,Brothers,&Howson, below the Harrisons is a Early Jigged Bone C. Johnson, Brothers ( I have rarely seen the full BROTHERS stamped with CJ Knives ), Below the C. Johnson is A Stag Handled very Early Encore which has a very busy stamped Ricasso. To the Right is a Horn handled Ibberson, below the Ibberson is a Nicely Main Blade Stamped I*XL. The knives to the left are a Ordnance Stamped Watts, Sheefield, and below the Watts is a Wraggs, Sheffield with the Copper Bail. Also is a genuine Lanyard from the WW2 days very kindly gifted to me by the one and only Jack Black!