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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 attached. The selling price with shipping for the 3 knives was just a shade under $55.
  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 issued to astronauts but in 1972 Case released 2,494 of them to the general public mounted in a wooden display case for $75.They sold out very quickly and show up for sale today very rarely.
  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 fortunately had left the pommel attached. There were a couple of things that were different from the regular V-42's:namely the blade showed no evidence of ever having a blued finish and the pommel instead of having the skull crusher was rounded and the threaded hole protruded through.It has never been sharpened and the point is intact. After receiving it and getting the ugly handle removed I examined it closely and it seemed to be real.I know that there were some fakes circulating in the late 1970's and there was an article published about them in one of the knife magazines.Unfortunately I couldn't find my copy. I posted pictures of it on another forum and someone suggested I contact Frank Trasczka about it.We communicated back and forth several times and I supplied him with some close up photographs.We discussed the apparent differences and opined that it may have been one that escaped the bluing process for one reason or another.Apparently Case did not do the bluing in house but sent the blades to an outside vendor and they were assembled when they returned.Another possibility was that it was a so-called,"lunchbox" knife;having escaped the factory in that mode of transportation.I didn't think so because it showed evidence of having a handle on it at some point in time.The pommel's lack of a skull crusher we couldn't explain. Other than taking a #2 lead pencil and cleaning off a small amount of corrosion(it works wonders and doesn't damage the metal)and wiping it down with mineral oil I have done nothing to the blade.I had thought about buying one of the aforementioned reproductions and using the leather handle from it to repair mine.As I have no intention of selling it,I considered this a possibility.If I ever did sell it,I would state the modification to whomever bought it. In the meantime,I constructed a temporary handle from clear Lexan in the vein of a "theater knife".It is easily removeable and the knife was not modified at all. In case anyone would like to view the pictures,they are located on the forum," All About Pocket Knives" in the Case Collector's forum. When I have been on here longer I will post pictures in a separate post.
  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 blade was in fair shape although I remember that the handle had loosened up(didn't think that could happen with those style rivets)and it still had it's original sheath;albeit a bit dry. I thought it looked a bit crude and was more interested in the Dogs Head KA-BAR folder he had. I later read a bit about them in one of Bernard Levine's books.As I stated in my intro I was more into folding knives and although I had several military pieces they weren't a priority in my collecting.In fact I had a friend who was heavily into militaria and would buy collections;sort out the military stuff and then call me to see if I was interested in any of the rest. I in turn would let him know if I picked up anything that he might be interested in. My interest nowadays has been toward unusual knives;whether they be inexpensive or not.It never fails to amaze me how inventive people can be when it comes to disguising a knife.But I digress....... This past weekend I received a call from a gentleman with whom I had spoken several months ago at his yard sale.He told me he had a bunch of knives he wanted to sell and wasn't aware of what they were worth and would I be interested in them.I replied that I would take a look at them but didn't know how many I could buy as I had experienced some unexpected bills this past month. Anywy to make a long story short I spent about 4 hours at his place evaluating some of his accumulation and pricing them for him to sell.In the course of doing this he told me to pick out any I might be interested in and we could come to a price on them.When I was finished doing them I presented him with ten knives I wanted but didn't know if I could afford them. Imagine my surprise when he presented me with all of them and thanked me for helping him out! I reminded him that these knives were pretty valuable but he insisted I take them. This one is the only military piece I got and I herewith present it for your viewing and comment.
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