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  1. I am far from an expert on swords but that one looks nearly identical to the model 1860 Emerson & Silver sword I own.Will try to post pics.
  2. A great tutorial;thank you for posting it. I have found that a good way to remove minor rust spotting without doing any damage to the surrounding metal is to rub the spot gently with a #2 lead pencil.Amazingly the rust comes away rather quickly.A good source is large diameter(2mm)lead drafting pencil such as is made by Staedtler. They are reasonable in price(under $10 US)and the good thing about them is the lead can be used to clean out the inside of a pocket knife;especially in the backspring area.
  3. When I see something on e-Bay that might possibly be questionable the first thing I look at is what other items the seller is offering and his feedback score. This particular seller has almost 1200 military related items currently for sale and over thirty thousand feedbacks.Maybe not a 100% guarantee but a pretty good indicator he has been around for awhile.Just my opinion folks;I don't know the seller or have any interest in the item.
  4. Thought I would post up a couple of pictures of the previously mentioned V-42.As described the handle was missing so I constructed one theater style from som Lexan sheet and rod I had laying around from a previous project.It was constructed so that should I decide to put an original style handle on it at some later date it will be an easy task.Nothing was modified when this was done.As described before the blade is in excellent unsharpend shape with a full point.The first picture of it is the original e-Bay listing with the two other knives offered for sale. The last is with the Lexan handle a
  5. Interesting knife that was originally posted.Was there any age given to that specific knife? I know there were tools(and I believe knives as well)that are made from a beryllium-copper alloy that are non-sparking and non-magnetic that are used in hazardous environments. As for the Apollo knives they were made by Case and one of their features was a handle made of polypropylene which was used because it is the only plastic that does not out-gas and is virtually resistant to any chemicals including acid which is why they make storage battery cases with it. I don't know how many were actually is
  6. If the point of that blade is four sided I think I know what it was made from.A long time ago I came upon an object about that long thet had four cutting edges and what looked like a small rounded hilt.The handle was flat and had the letters,"USMC" cast into either side.The pommel(if you could call it that)looked like a small open end wrench. I finally identified it as being a piercing tool for leather and the letters stood for " United Shoe Machinery Co." It is long gone now but I would wager that this item is likely the same.
  7. As a newcomer on this forum I hesitated to post a picture of the V-42 I acquired several months ago so I will confine my remarks to just written for now.It is also telling me I am only allowed 1 more post until July 22.Here is the story so far: I frequently scour e-bay looking for mis-described items which may turn out to be valuable.Occasionally I find one.This was the case of the V-42. It was listed along with two other fixed blade knives as a letter opener! Someone at some point in time had removed the original leather handle(possibly it had rotted away as it came from Florida)but fortu
  8. Hello all.This is my first post on this forum(after my intro post).I was drawn to this forum by a reference to this post on another site while researching a knife I came into possession of. I would first like to thank mr gunbarrel for his most informative history of the John Ek company.As a collector of some 60 years now,I can appreciate the time spent in researching any subject. My first introduction to Ek knives was about 40 years ago when a co-worker of mine showed me his dad's knife that he had carried in WWII;an Ek Model 1.Don't recall if it had a serial #(I don't think it did)but the b
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