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  1. Since the OKC3S is readily available in the commercial market, to include being sold in Marine Corps Exchanges, my guess is this was a private purchase that was then engraved with the popular quote. Possibly a gift for a retirement, promotion, or other significant event or milestone. I have seen this done a number of times.
  2. Seeking assistance in identifying this insignia. I assume it is WWII Army and North Africa related. Thank you
  3. Your Ka-Bar is still a currently issued Marine Corps item. The knife in the picture is an item I know to be in USMC invetory in 2005, and there are many just like it are in armories across the Marine Corps to this day. Currenly each M9/M9A1 pistol on a units Table of Equipment rates an accomanying Ka-Bar. Supply info follows: Official Designation: Knife, Combat and Sheath Model: 498 (PN 8180), MIL-K-20277(up to h) USMC TAMCN: C32502E NSN: 1095-00-392-4102 (set)
  4. Thank you both for the pictures and addtional information. I feel better knowing that serifed serial numbers on 1906 manufactured bayonets are out there.
  5. I have a 1906 dated Springfield Armory 1905 Model U.S. Bayonet with a serial number of 41242 with an altered and pommel marked catch, and a fully blued or parkerized blade. Most everything with the bayonet looks legitimate to me, except for the serifed serial numbers. From the references I have seen, all SA 1905 bayonets had non-serifed serial numbers. I know it is common to see pre-1917 manufactured M1905 bayonets that have had their blades blued or parkerized during or post WWI, but I have not found anything documenting the existence serifed SA serial numbers. Is there anyone who might ha
  6. I recently purchased a Model 1917 F.R. Plumb, 1918 Philadelphia manufactured bolo. Everything about the knife appears to be correct, save the manufacturer stamp on the left ricasso. The manufacture stamp is upside-down (see picture). The model identification stamp on the right ricasso is correct. My questions for the forum are, has anyone else come across a Plumb M1917 with a similar upside-down marking, and was this a common "defect" with Plumb manufactured bolos?
  7. Definitions extrapolated from the FAR and DFAR courtesy of the Defense Aquistion University. Commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) item (1) Means any item or supply (including construction material) that is— (i) A commercial item (as defined in paragraph (1) of the definition in this section); (ii) Sold in substantial quantities in the commercial marketplace; and (iii) Offered to the Government, under a contract or subcontract at any tier, without modification, in the same form in which it is sold in the commercial marketplace; and (2) Does not include bulk cargo
  8. Jon B. Thank you much for the information. I was thinking 70s or 80s since I thought the 13-digit NSNs did not start being used until 1974. R/S Shawn
  9. I am posting this topic in hope of learning a little bit more about a military kitchen knife set I recently purchased. All four knives were manufactured by OKC and are marked with the company name and NSN. All the NSNs are still active as per WebFLIS. My specific question is when were these knives likely manufactured? I am assuming sometime in the 70s or 80s. 7340-00-680-0863 Knife, Slicing 7340-00-205-3335 Knife, Butcher's 7330-00-680-2634 Spatula 7340-00-291-0625 Knife, Steak, Scimitar
  10. Marv, Thank you for the feedback. The possibility of this being one of many Lan-Cay made, post competition commercial collectors items is my biggest concern. To come across one of the actual bayonets used in the trials is likely too good to be true. If it is one that was made for commercial sale, I have not seen come across any others, at least on-line, so maybe it was a small batch. I am thinking there is probably no way to know for sure if it is an actual trial bayonet, or a commercial collectors item. Either way, I am happy to have it as part of my collection of USMC associated edge
  11. Referencing Mr. Jim Maddox's 2002 web posing on the subject, I have what to me appears to be a A2 type Lan-Cay manufactured bayonet for the 2002 USMC multi-purpose bayonet trials. Aside from the descriptions in Mr. Maddox's article, were there any additional distinguishing characteristics for the Lan-Cay bayonet submissions? http://www.usmilitaryknives.com/jim_maddox.htm
  12. It is amazing DLA still maintains both the M5 and M5A1 NSNs. I guess there is still a demand for bayonets for ceremonial M1s.
  13. Lance, Thank you very much! R/S Shawn
  14. Lance, Tried that one, and that appears to be the FSN for the South Korean modified/manufactured M5s which is apparently different from the original U.S. manufactured M5s. R/S Shawn
  15. Does anyone know the Federal Stock Number (FSN) for the M5 bayonet?
  16. I use relatively inexpensive store bought shadow boxes, and I mount my knives with pins or small gage/ small head nails.
  17. Thank you for the insight. I think your comments on Aerial ordering and using a few first pattern grips for their M6s is the most plausible explanation. I think finding and researching the subtle differences in things like grips is one of the things that make collecting fun. I know from now on I'll be looking close at the grips on any M6 I see. After your post I'll be looking at M5 grips too. If I find any with the 3d pattern grips I'll be sure to post pictures on the Forum.
  18. I was initially thinking the same thing. However, the triangle areas on both grips are a pretty clean cuts, and from my time as an armorer I know making cuts that clean in that area of a molded plastic grip would be difficult. The other thing I was thinking, if they are not OEM provided grips, is that they are 3d party parts manufacture, or reproduction.
  19. Bottom picture of the M6 shows how the "Fat Grip" interfaces with the angle on the tang.
  20. Interior views. M6 on left, M5 on right.
  21. M6 grip on top, M5 on the bottom.
  22. I know the 2d type M5/M5A1 grips were made slightly thinner and have checkering that rolls further up toward the upper tang. I've added a few more pictures. On the right is an Imperial manufactured M5 with 2d type grips. On the left is the M6 with the "Fat Grips". The reason I think theses "Fat Grips" were made for the M6 and not the M5/M5A1 is that they have a triangular notch cut out to interface with the angled portion of the M6's tang at the rifle stud slot.
  23. I recently procured this Aerial manufactured M6 bayonet. The piece has a set of "Fat Grips" similar to the kind I understand were applied to early M5 bayonets. Until now I have never seen these types of grips on an M6. I know that M5 "Fat Grips" could have been applied at some point, but these grips appear to be made specifically for M6s, not M5s. Does any one know if "Fat Grips" were ever standard on any M6s?
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