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    Default Modest Collection of Military Pocket Knives

    I exchanged several emails with a member about the Victorinox anniversary knife that I have for sale.

    We shared a joke about owning a knife costing hundreds of $ that will probably never be used and what other knives we currently own.

    I'm not a knife collector, but do have a modest collection of military pocket knives that I thought I would share.



    1939 Swiss Elsener (Victorinox)
    1943 British Watts
    1944 Swiss Wenger Delemont
    1964 Swiss Wenger Delemont
    1972 US Camillus
    1992 Dutch Victorinox

    If there was anything that I would like to add, it would be a South African Victorinox with Alox scales.

    Do you own anything interesting? I suspect that there are a few German SAKs out there.

    A also do a bit of vacation whittling and particularly like Boker carbon steel bladed whittlers.

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    Very nice Billy, got 4 German SAK's & other odds & ends.

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    Here are my issue SAKs......



    and with year/maker.....



    My two favorites, 56 Wenger (birth year knife) and 57 Wenger with Grilon® scales...



    I bought a used Bund Victorinox on Ebay and the seller sent a 2nd knife with a worn out blade for free! I ground down the worn out serrations and re-sharpened it. (Don't like serrations anyway).



    cheers, John
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    Nice collection John.

    Is the 1951 pattern just a bit smaller than the 1908? Are there any other differences?

    It's not easy buying pocket knifes from Ebay as Brits are banned from posting or purchasing knives on EBay. A couple of MWR members have helped me out to buy the US Camillus and a Rogers penknife of the sort I had when I was a kid with the picture of a Mountie on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyCasper View Post
    Nice collection John.

    Is the 1951 pattern just a bit smaller than the 1908? Are there any other differences?

    It's not easy buying pocket knifes from Ebay as Brits are banned from posting or purchasing knives on EBay. A couple of MWR members have helped me out to buy the US Camillus and a Rogers penknife of the sort I had when I was a kid with the picture of a Mountie on it.
    Yes, the 1951 are a bit smaller and also made from stainless steel, I still remember my first pocket knife, a Joseph Rogers from my dad (should try to get one the same).

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    Got this 1967 issue electricians knife that has been "heavily modified" from a chum. Here are pics of mine, and one of how it should look.
    A whole lot sharper than it was supposed to be when issued...






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    Not just pocket knives. I really should pick up one of the British jack knives. My dad has his somewhere, but as I recall, it is covered in paint and is likely now rusty as it resides in the deepest, darkest recesses of his garden shed.

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    C7/C8 Bayonet far right?

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    I think it is a C7. Bought from cheaper than dirt when they were actually cheap and didn't have obnoxious shipping charges.

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    Cool but how about an ID, left to right. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianp View Post
    Not just pocket knives. I really should pick up one of the British jack knives. My dad has his somewhere, but as I recall, it is covered in paint and is likely now rusty as it resides in the deepest, darkest recesses of his garden shed.



    Will keep an eye out for one in good nick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbee View Post
    Will keep an eye out for one in good nick.
    strangely enough they are still on issue - or certainly were up until very recently.

    now called clasp knives - the main blade also features an excellent back lock.

    plus obligatory tin opener and screwdriver - NSN marked and all stainless steel.

    been told that there is still a marlin spike version available?

    just got my friend one - a mint and boxed 2009 issue - but not really my cup of tea.

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    Default OIL THE JOINTS


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    Is anybody here in the know about Fairbairn Sykes knives? I have my father's from WW2. It was a wreck, he used it to open and then stir tins of paint. I had it restored, probably over restored, but it was a total mess. It looks unusual. It doesn't have any markings such as the broad arrow or Wilkinsons. It also has a roped handle. He served in the middle east, South East Asia, Ceylon, Cocos Islands and Japan so I guess could have been supplied with kit made in countries other than Britain.
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    Post images.

    I have a few reference books and there is a wealth of information out there. I really like this site - http://www.fairbairnsykesfightingknives.com/ - and maybe have a look at the 'derivative knives' if you think yours is unusual.

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    Hi,
    I have had a couple of these knives, I know that they were sometimes issued with turned woodern handles when issued in warmer climates, I've not seen a rope handled one before though.
    Depending on the type it would normally have Wilkinsons markings if it was a type 1, the most common type 3 only has a number moulded on the metai handle. Those that were sent to the US as part of the lend lease re-payment had 'ENGLAND' stamped into the crossguard..... all that is from memory, of course there's much more to learn!
    Cheers, John

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    Fantastic collections, guys!

    Myron

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    This is a very good site for information on Fairbairn fighting knives..

    http://gotavapen.se/gota/artiklar/fs/fs_knife1.htm

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    Super. Great thread.

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    I was never issued a pocket knife, but before flying out of Camp Bastion, Afghanistan in 2012 I was on a cot in the waiting area...and from the corner of my eye I spotted this under one of the cots next to me. I shoved it in my pocket. It's not treasure, but it has a good memory attached to it. For some reason I chucked away the yellow lanyard it was on; i didn't realise at the time that it was part of the issue! No screwdriver or an opener on this thing.

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    The only other time I've had a military issue knife was way back in the early 90's when a swiss soldier gave me his victorinox; anyway i thought i was a piece of shit and used it to smash up cans and mess about with. At the time I didn't appreciate what a beautiful little simple design it was. I've no idea what happened to it. The foolishness of youth!

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