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Old Army Knifes

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

  1. oedbachgen

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    I cant help my self hairyarms, but I'm on sometimes a forum that might/may help with information on your Grandad, but they would need his name and service number. He would have had a M.I.C (Medal Index Card) with his details on.
     
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    Dose the bottom one have a W.D. broad arrow, and dated ETCHY.
     
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    I have just had a look on some Army records, his name was Willie Wallace so it is a bit unusual because It wasn't short for William. He was born in Cradley Heath in the West Mids but back then it was Staffordshire. Anyway 66 pages of W Wallaces came up in the search, it is mind boggling how many blokes fought in the wars. Thanks for that mate it would be really interesting if you could find any info. All the best Micah.
     
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    Before I try further, have you tried:

    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/...des/british-army-medal-index-cards-1914-1920/

    ADDED His Army service number would help
     
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    Hello
    I dunno it's not my knife just a pic' I lifted off the 'net;)
    To be honest you don't always get the arrow. I have a lot of bexoid grip that don't have an arrow, steel ones always seem to have one (the WW2 & post war bexoid ones usually have a date though).When it comes to the big WW1 type it's very unusual indeed to find a date unless it's a late 1930's one (1938 seems a popular date to be on these type), the WW1 pattern often don't have an arrow either.
    Geek fact :D the bexoid grip WW2 type are called type 317 & you'll sometimes see them with CC & a code on them. That stands for clothing code as they were classed as items of clothing !
     
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    The change in the WW1 to the WW2 Jack Knife came out in 1932 at the time when the new experimental field service uniform went on display. The WW1 type that I have has no date, but dose have a WD Broad Arrow stamped on the Merlin Spike which I can just make out. so their not easy to find. the WW2 one I have, dose have the WD Broad Arrow stamped on the tin opener.
     
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    Great. Guess I'm gonna have to go and find myself a jack knife after reading this thread.
     
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    Their not hard to come across Hughlle, its getting one in good condition and at the right price, dealers charge higher prices than private sellers so look around, me I've stopped collecting.
     
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    Not so much about availability or price, simply another thing on my already mile long shopping list. I'm meant to be saving for a holiday and law school :D
     
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    More important hughlle, all the best with both:thumb:, I've been a collector for many many years.
     
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    Have an amble around a few car boot sales hughlle you'll find one eventually.
    Alternatively look out for the Belgian type (usually marked ABL or Colin Winand) They were Belgian army issue in the 1950's & you still find these as unissued new old stock. A lot of army & navy stores still have them & they're often quite cheap. They are virtually identical to WW2/postwar British bexoid ones. The springs on these are usually crazy strong !
    Happy jack knife hunting ;)
     
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    Catering Corps Brill:D:thumb:, I think there's more to its history than that, it could me that it came off a dead German soldier.
     
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    Thanks. Other than expenditures, holiday is paid for as I'll be sleeping on Hirams couch for a few weeks, and he's already got a bunch of guns for me to humiliate myself with. And law school is just about covered. I'm no collector of anything though really. I just like to own a lot of stuff. But for practical purposes, not historic or collector purposes etc. If I get a jack knife, it's because I feel a valid use case for owning one. None of my current knives have a marlin spike, and that in itself is a practical selling point. Something being old and military in nature is just a sweetener.
     
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