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Western L66

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by afishhunter, Mar 1, 2018.

  1. afishhunter

    afishhunter

    Oct 21, 2014
    Just found and bought a Western L66, that dates from 1980.
    (The tang stamp has a "D" under the "USA L66")

    Does anyone know if Western was using 440A or 1095 for the L66 in 1980?

    Google and BING are both being a brat, and refuse to divulge that information. :mad:
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  2. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    Since it is almost 40 I would imagine if it has staining it would be the carbon steel and if it is entirely shiny it would be the stainless steel. Can you post a picture?
     
  3. afishhunter

    afishhunter

    Oct 21, 2014
    Unfortunately, either my "smart" phone or me, is too stupid to post a picture using my phone. :(
     
  4. afishhunter

    afishhunter

    Oct 21, 2014
    Mods, if I put this thread in the wrong place, please move it to Mr. Levine's forum.
    Thank you.
     
  5. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Try this https://postimages.org/
    Hit the link
    You'll see upload image, hit that
    Then select the image from the pictures on your phone
    Once uploaded scroll down to the hotlink for forums
    Hit the blue icon which will copy it
    Then you just paste it here in your post by tapping and holding.

    If you follow these few simple steps you'll have a full.sized image here for all to see.
     
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2018
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  6. edbeau

    edbeau

    Jan 20, 2006
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  7. afishhunter

    afishhunter

    Oct 21, 2014
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  8. edbeau

    edbeau

    Jan 20, 2006
    Glad I could be of help.
     
  9. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Thanks to all you enablers, I picked up this mint 1984 Western L66, and I love it!
    According to the catalogs it is 1095 CroVan, but it's so shiny it looks like stainless steel.

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  10. 315

    315 Gold Member Gold Member

    596
    Dec 2, 2017
    Jeff, that looks like a good score. Can we see a photo of it later this year in action taking care of some game please:thumbsup:
     
  11. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Great score.
    I love the old school raised clip point these have that takes after the good ol' american butcher knife.
     
  12. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Thanks fellas, but I'm afraid this one is gonna be a safe queen. I've got too many others ahead of it in line to be used deer hunting.
     
  13. Campbellclanman

    Campbellclanman Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Nice knife Jeff
    The “ H “ at the bottom of the Stamping on the Ricasso denotes the year is this correct my friend?
     
  14. afishhunter

    afishhunter

    Oct 21, 2014
    Yep. :)
     
  15. Old Hunter

    Old Hunter

    Jul 12, 2012
    I can accommodate you a bit on pictures of a Western F66 cleaning deer - my old Black Beauty (gift from my parents, Christmas 1966). I use it to clean one every few years. My blade is definitely carbon steel - it will stain. That's a nice one you found Jeff - the leather handles have always been my favorite style. OH
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  16. afishhunter

    afishhunter

    Oct 21, 2014
    @Old Hunter
    Do you tan the hides yourself or send them out?
     
  17. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Thanks, Duncan, that's my understanding. Beginning in 1977 they started with A and added one letter for each year ('78 B, '79 C, etc.) up to 1991, when Camillus bought Western from Coleman and discontinued the dating codes.
     
  18. Campbellclanman

    Campbellclanman Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Nice! - Thank you for that information Jeff :) :thumbsup:
     
  19. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Yep, at this time they were using a chrome Vanadium 1095 I believe.
    I know my f48a from '68-'72 is a CV blade, it's a bit resistant to patina though.
     

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