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#1 ziomanno

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 06:42 AM

Dear fellows, I have this Ontario Mk3 Mod 0, which I bought many years ago still in the box. Browsing the web, I noticed that the markings on the blade base are reversed, I mean written upside down (toward the tip instead the handle, as usually seen). Should I assume by that it's a repro?

Thanks in advance,

M.

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#2 Tonomachi

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 08:04 AM

You have the first style knife with the up swept tip that I understand kept breaking off so they changed it.  I don't think anyone has produced a reproduction.  Here is a previous thread on this knife and there is one photo of this knife with the same reversed stamped lettering that they refer to as a variation.

 

http://www.usmilitar...mk3mod0-knives/


Edited by Tonomachi, 07 January 2019 - 08:06 AM.


#3 Kadet

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 08:09 AM

That looks original to me. These are/were awful knives. The tips broke off quite easily, they didn't hold an edge well and rusted quickly...



#4 ziomanno

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 08:35 AM

Thank you very much guys, really helpful inputs! 👍

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#5 WalkingDead

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Posted 16 March 2019 - 12:44 PM

I also recently picked up one of these with the reverse markings.
It is used and a small portion of the tip is broken off.
I can only guess that the went in the wrong way into the stamping machine.
I wonder how many were manufactured that way?

#6 thorin6

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Posted 16 March 2019 - 03:31 PM

the upside down marking is common enough so that particular variation doesn't add a premium to the knife value.  I have both the early and late versions, and see them for sale on a regular basis on ebay.  Asking prices and selling prices seem to average around $50-$60.




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