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Started by TomcatPC , May 07 2010 07:26 PM

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#1 TomcatPC

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 07:26 PM

Here is a 1986 dated Camillus pocketknife I found a few years back.
Mark

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:23 PM

Those are handy little buggers! Hopefully I'll find one marked USMC one of these days. That's a nice one there.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:58 PM

I have an '82. I had one from '52 that I got from my Dad, but lost it somewhere. I agree that they are the handiest tools you can carry around. I use mine all the time.

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Posted 09 May 2010 - 06:15 AM

Those are handy little buggers! Hopefully I'll find one marked USMC one of these days. That's a nice one there.


They certainly are a very useful knife, and a collectible to some degree.

You probably are already aware that those marked USMC are commercial versions. All those actually purchased on contract after WW2 have been marked US only.

The first contract for this style knife was in 1944 by the Marines, and their WW2 production is marked U.S. MARINE CORPS. There are several slight variations of this knife, the one shown below is one of the earliest ones. It is unmarked as to maker (made by a company that was a combination of Ulster Knife and Imperial which they named KINGSTON) and the cap lifter/screwdriver blade is on the same end as the main blade.

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Posted 09 May 2010 - 07:57 AM

You probably are already aware that those marked USMC are commercial versions.


Here is photo of one of those for future reference. They were made by Camillus in 1992.

Camillus_1992_Repro_USMC_Pocket_Knife.jpg

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 08:58 AM

Here is photo of one of those for future reference. They were made by Camillus in 1992.

Camillus_1992_Repro_USMC_Pocket_Knife.jpg



I just bought one of these and it's marked N.A.H.C. What does that stand for? The date is 1993. Any history or thoughts on this? Thanks!

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 01:58 PM

North American Hunting Club?????

Didn't they put out a lot of books, etc. for their members?

Just a WAG.

Thanks for showing OP.

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 05:23 PM

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/bayonetman/Knives/Pocket/DSC00001.jpg


Wow, I am impressed with how 'beefy' the pin appears on the cap lifter/screwdriver blade. It appears they were made more slender post-WWII and before 1972(?) when they were phased out.

Tim

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 01:06 PM

North American Hunting Club?????

Didn't they put out a lot of books, etc. for their members?

Just a WAG.

Thanks for showing OP.



Sorry for hijacking this thread. Thank you, North American Hunting Club is what I am finding also. Maybe, still not sure. Thanks.

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 03:48 PM

Here's one of mine, I hope to pick up a steel one someday

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 06:28 PM

I've got a ton of those with a couple 1960s dates. Most are in the 80s and 90s. I bought a lot an an auction a couple years back and there were probably 40-50 of them all new or near new. Some had cosmoline on the blades. They have always been popular knives and I am curious how many manufacturers officially made them for the military since Vietnam. I found a couple Schrades in the lot and something that has a Q on the blade but the quality seems low. I never figured out who made that one.

Mike

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 04:11 PM

I am curious how many manufacturers officially made them for the military since Vietnam. I found a couple Schrades in the lot and something that has a Q on the blade but the quality seems low. I never figured out who made that one. Mike


Mike:

The MIL-K 4 blade utility knives manufactured for the US military since 1958 were made by Camillus, Imperial, Queen Cutlery [in 1986 only with blade mark Q], and Schrade.

HTH.

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 05:34 PM

Wow, I am impressed with how 'beefy' the pin appears on the cap lifter/screwdriver blade. It appears they were made more slender post-WWII and before 1972(?) when they were phased out.

Tim


You are correct. The stud on the WW2 version is about 0.15 inch diameter, while the 1958-1972 stud is 0.10) inch according to my caliper.


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