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  1. The tang stamp might give a clue as to the approximate time frame for when it was made. I'm not an expert on Marbles knives and the little research I've attempted leads me to contradictory statements, so I'm posting this picture from the auction in case some member(s) might have more experience with Marbles.
  2. I agree with Charlie that it looks like it started out as a typical Marble's Ideal knife. As far as where and when it received these modifications we'll never know. Can't rule out the possibility that the knife was modified to this configuration in the factory for someone known to them who was going to war. That's why we say if only the knife could talk. But they can't so we also say buy the knife and not the story. SolWarrior, I think I would also have limited my max bid to around what you did. You never know how much the winner was willing to spend for a novel knife, unless they tell you.
  3. Here's a picture of what I believe is possibly a late example of the last Government contract Camillus MIL-K-20277. You can just make out the US/CAMILLUS on the blade. Notice that the grind lines and swage at the top front of the blade is different from the typical pattern we see from WW2 into the 1980's from a variety of manufactures. While we do see other deviations in this pattern, most of them are recognized as very early examples of WW2 knives and the swage is still different than the example I'm showing. Here's an early Robeson. Some early KA BAR's show a similar different in blade pattern. Back to Camillus, here's an example from what I consider the post contract years with the more pronounce swage than even the first example above. This one has the three line marking with bars over and under CAMILLUS. For whatever reasons, this swage persists from the 90's into the 2000's even with the reproduction USMC marked knives. This at least becomes the clearest tell that we are looking at a reproduction and not a WW2 example. Just when we think we have a good handle on the matter you run across one of these, and you really need to compare the stampings of the reproductions to the known WW2 knives.
  4. The large Government contracts for Camillus 1219C2's ended about 1989. From there Ontario would be the primary provider. Something else that can muddy up the water are instances of direct unit purchases which can be very hard to trace documentation for. I've wondered if that could have been the source of the KaBar knives on that ship and why they may have been described as all black is another reason for me to wish I could lay my eye's on some.
  5. Not much help here, but here goes. I believe the name originate's in the Philippines. A combination of an agricultural tool and weapon. There is a wide variety of shapes that fall under this term. The U.S. probably first experienced these at the start of the 20th century during the Philippine Insurrection. We've used them pretty much ever since. You could think of them as either a big knife or short/heavy machete. The blade length seem to run between 12-16 inches generally, but they can be shorter or longer. I think they are most commonly a part of special tools/equipment kits used to support other functions, like engineers or artillery.
  6. Sorry to hear your still on the hunt for a blade dated M3. When it comes to the three versions of M3's. There is an overlap for the manufacture of M6 and M8 sheaths. It turns out that both Sheaths overlap the production of the three versions of the M3's, like SKIPH said. Still if I had a nice M6 sheath, I'd be looking for a nice blade dated M3 to go with it. Good luck on your continued hunt. Hope you post pictures when you bring them together.
  7. It does seem to me that there is a trend over the last couple of years where rarity and condition are attracting higher and higher prices. When demand for especially WW2 items seemed to be peaking in the early 2000's, just getting good examples seemed kind of high then. Now it looks like many who feel they have the money to spend are looking to upgrade what they already have or are interested in acquiring. IMHO, the demand for the more "been there done that" sort of examples doesn't seem to be as high these days. It still shows that it only takes two who are really looking for a certain item to drive the price up.
  8. Keep in mind that the earliest issued M16's, had no compartment in the butt stock, it was solid. Not until the Colt model 603 transitioned from the XM16E1 to the M16A1. Previous rifles marked Armalite AR15, or Colt AR-15 were originally delivered with the solid butt stock.
  9. For future reference after eBay takes down the linked auction here are some images from there.
  10. Yes the out of print books are a challenge. I was thinking maybe if a friend you know has a copy you could look over or even check the library system to see if you can check out one. Best of Coles is made up of some of Cole's III and IV. I'm still hunting for a copy of IV that I can use for reference that doesn't have to be in "collector's condition", they're not showing up as often as they were a few years ago. III and IV together I believe will still be a better buy than the going price for Best of Cole's and it will have more information. Anyway once I add IV, I'll have no need to keep Best of Cole's. I've got some appointments I've got to keep today. I'll check back to see what I can help with on the information.
  11. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing.
  12. Tim, if you can view a copy of the book "Best of Cole's", page 259 has a drawing of what is most likely an example of your knife or at least one that is marked the same on the blade and handle. The blade profile is a little different and the number of finger grooves cut into the wood is different. There are a lot of examples of knives made by known small manufactures during WW2 that are either undocumented or at best very poorly documented. I'd resist the temptation to try too much to fill in the blanks with pure anecdotal speculation. Check out "Herder's of Phila. Commando", for another example of one kind of knife repurposed for the war effort.
  13. This question reminds my of the "thought experiment" called Schrodinger's Cat. You can't know for sure what condition the bayonet is in until you open the package. That said, I don't see how that will help you decide on what to do. Sorry, but I also have my own experience with the problem you're having.
  14. After trying to compare the hilt to the rest of the sheath I'm leaning towards the Baby Shark.
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