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  1. Hombre, you're very welcome. I waited as long as I did because I didn't have anything more informative than what I finally said. Besides my Grandparents would have reminded me that we Swedes have to look out for each other. 😄
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    M3 repro

    GOAmules, I know just how you feel, I also was that guy. You're at the right place, reading up on the M3's by myself left me uncertain that I'd overlook details that I should have spotted. Don't be shy of asking questions here. There are a lot of members who are willing to answer you questions, SKIPH has probably forgotten more about the M3's than I'll ever know. He certainly was one who was a great help to me. Happy hunting!
  3. I've never seen a nicer example of an original. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
  4. The knife does remind me of several that WW2 veterans brought back from England. Most of those were maker marked, but I don't believe that it being unmarked rules it out as having come from there or at least being the style copied by another knife maker. I've got a few knives that all I can really say about them is that they are curiosities. It's a great looking knife and I'd keep one like it in my own collection. Thanks for sharing this.
  5. I've got to dig mine out of storage, and compare the labeling to yours. Mine also have the M10 on the label as I recall, but it's been awhile.
  6. Wise old saying #1; "If you can't tell the difference between an original and a reproduction, you shouldn't care what you paid for it." The buyer might think they got a steal paying less than half of what an original often goes for. Which leads to wise old saying #2; "Where ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise."
  7. I agree, I'm still looking for one from that time in near that shape.
  8. IMHO, it could be a knife that received a plating treatment after assembly and leaving the factory. I've seen a few examples of different knives that were treated this way. These have been little back alley entrepreneurs for the most part. The plating isn't applied directly to the steel, but an undercoating usually copper or copper compound is plated on first to accept the final finish. On the examples I've seen the quality can vary quite a bit. It's not unusual for the plating to start flaking off over time while other hold up very well.
  9. In my particular corner of the country I don't see much of the 5" fullered Kinfolk marked knives. With either the metal or plastic guards. When I was more actively hunting for them on line that also tended to be the case, with the relatively few I did see having asking prices that were beyond what I felt they were worth. Less common still were examples with a Kinfolk marked sheath. It appears your results have differed from my experience. Others may have a better take on how rare the Kinfolk example is compared to other makers.
  10. I wonder if the 9 December 1942 is the date of the original drawing? It would be inline with the timeline of the earliest contracts. When you compare my example and thorin6's looks like they may have been in the practice of reusing as much of the earlier drawings as was practical. The legends of the two drawing look to be the same to me with the c 4-3-43, and b 1-19-43 dates. I've seen a lot of things in that Camillus document they published in the early 1960's about their WW2 production that can conflict at times with other documents.
  11. Your welcome SKIP, it was a combination of curiosity and pure accident that I finally came across these things.
  12. We should keep in mind that these are not individual staples. They only look that way from the front. We call them staples, but in fact it's a continuous piece of what is referred to as "Alligator lacing". As you can see from the first picture the individual legs are all part of a continuous strip of steel. You can also see in the second picture how extra holes seem to appear from the legs that are mostly hidden from the back side of the sheath pocket. Why Moose used a longer strip of Alligator lacing instead of the shorter length used by the other M6 manufactur
  13. Here are a couple of things I have dated to the War. Good chance both of these have been posted here in the past. But incase it can help; That's about it when it comes to WW2 era documents for the 1219C2. I got a pretty long list of (want to haves for that general time period) for a lot of different knives.
  14. Specifically the stamp on the ricasso identifies it as a Camillus made W49. Camillus deliberately marked the W49’s (Western/ W49 USA) this diverted from Western’s practice of (WESTERN/ USA W49, later also followed by a date code number) which was also continued when Coleman had Western from 84-91. Also the guard on this knife is too thick to have been modified from most typical W49’s. So either this knife was taken apart and re-assembled with a thicker piece of brass or it likely was made from a very special version of the W49 that Camillus offered for a short time with a thicker guard
  15. Thought I'd post this one in line with others intended to warn the unsuspecting. Here's a link to the item along with a few pictures. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Vietnam-Era-Western-Brand-USA-Early-Model-W49-Bowie-Knife-14-5-w-Sheath/193629390347?_trkparms=aid%3D1110009%26algo%3DSPLICE.COMPLISTINGS%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D228188%26meid%3Db3f6f6ea23e14324be5fb6bcc19ac009%26pid%3D100008%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D254693428477%26itm%3D193629390347%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DItemStripV101WithBbeV2Demotion&_trksid=p2047675.c100008.m2219 I will point
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