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Old Army Knifes

Discussion in 'Knives & Tools' started by lone wolf, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. lone wolf

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    H guys

    i have in my possession my grandfathers old army (jack?) knife, stamped 1938 with a maker mark on the reverse of the blade.

    I also have a smaller and in need of some serious TLC another knife of similar design that was found in a plasterers tool box rusting away! im wanting to restore it to its former glory so any advice would be welcome.

    Also whats the value of the knives as i have no idea, not that my grandfather's would ever be sold just out of interest.

    cheers

    will get some better pics later[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    @ETCHY is our resident expert on military jack knives. Drop him a pm.
     
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    Cheers nevadacowboy :)

    Lone Wolf, I've sent you an essay :D
     
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    I have my Dads one, unfortunately its spring is busted so it does not hold open. Not really a lot i can do with it I think.
     
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    No to be honest if the spring has gone I don't think there's much you can do really. I have a few in my collection like that. However if it's your dads knife & it has sentimental value just keep it as a nice thing to have.
    If however you don't want it or decide to get rid of it, you know where I am ;)
     
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    Couple of mine the stainless one was originally issued to my Dad in 1954 when he was with the Royal Leics Reg (The Tigers) Ive had it since I joined up 26 years (wonder if the MOD will want it back) The other is a German lock knife quite useful.
     

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  7. oedbachgen

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    The large one looks like its blade worn down, (like you say, better pics might help) and WW1 issued, but were issued until the 30s, when it was changed to the smaller one in your pic WW2, to restore I would use wirewool/rag with oil. Price ?.
     
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    Your Dads Jack Knife was introduced in 1945. and was classed as inferior to the small one in Lone Wolf pic as it had no hand grips and no Marlin Spike, made from stainless steel and made by D.C.C. of Sheffield.
     
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    The ones I have, no date on the larger WW1 type, the WW2 type one dated 1941.

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    I don’t know about inferior this ones still on active service so not bad for a 64 year old MOD jack knife I agree the old ones look better though Thanks for the info
     
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    They were classed as inferior rellum, like I said, due to them not having the hand grips and no marlin spike, you cant get better than Sheffield quality knives, and after 64 years of use it just go's to prove it.
     
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  12. ETCHY

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    The all steel ones were originally introduced due to the bexoid handle grips deforming in very hot & humid conditions. That's why the all steel versions are often referred to as "Burma knives".
    The steel ones are available with & without marlin spikes although initially when introduced I think they were without.
    I do love jack knives, if only they could talk !
     
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    image.jpeg Hello Dave I know this isn't a knife but this can opener belonged to my great Grandad who brought it back from the war. Do you know anything about it? I have never seen anything like it and still works quite well.
     
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  14. oedbachgen

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    I've never been a collector of them ETCHY, more a collector in general of WW1 and WW2 items, interesting that the bexoid grips deformed in very hot/humid conditions. I do not own one, but the one I mentioned was dated 1945 with no marlin spike, do you have a pic of the later one with the marlin spike.
     
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    It should have a WD Broad Arrow (Crows foot) stamped on it if its British military issued. Probably a civilian tin opener.
     
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    Just found this hairyarms.

    THIS IS A VINTAGE CAN OPENER / TIN OPENER MADE BY ROYAL. THE MANUFACTURER'S NAME IS STAMPED ON THE HANDLE AS SEEN IN THE PHOTOS. AS A RESULT OF SOME RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET, I HAVE DISCOVERED THAT THESE CAN OPENERS WERE MADE IN GERMANY AND ISSUED TO THE GERMAN MILITARY DURING THE FIRST AND SECOND WORLD WARS. HOWEVER I CANNOT SAY WHETHER THIS EXAMPLE WAS ACTUALLY ISSUED AND IF SO TO WHOM, OR WHEN.

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    Thanks for that mate. My great Grandad was in both world wars and my Nan said he bought it back with him so I presumed it was British but I have found something aswell that says it is probably German.
     
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    A very interesting relic, and part of your Grandads life in both World Wars, he must have been a character to have survived both.
     
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    Yes mate he must have been lucky to survive both, I don't know what he did in the wars he never talked about it at all.
     
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    Nice old can opener hairyarms, I have no idea about it, but it looks like oedbachgen has the info' on that covered. Good to have something with family history with it too.

    As to the all steel knife with a spike too I hope this pic comes out ok that I found on the net' that has one in it.

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