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  1. Agree that it is Robert Johnson.
  2. While walking through a college theater prop room myself in a previous job I spied 2 LW Ruck frames sitting on a shelf collecting dust. I made a small donation to the drama club and they let me take them. They now reside in my collection.
  3. Welcome Lee! I once had the pleasure of meeting the late Capt. Joe Owen USMC and hearing him speak about his experiences in the Korean conflict. He is the author of “Colder than Hell: A Marine Rifle Company at the Chosin Reservoir” it, along with “The Last Stand of Fox Company” by Bob Drury and Tom Calvin are must reads in my opinion if you are interested in Marines in Korea and haven’t read them already.
  4. When you watch the movie the whole knife is visible and it was quick but it looked like a thin pommel of an early KA-BAR. The taper of the handle, the spacer behind the thin curved guard look KA-BAR to me, but looking at what is visible of the blade profile and fuller it looks a little PAL-ish on second glance. Either way, an interesting thing to come out of a prop room.
  5. The Cadillac of military compasses or more correctly a “pocket transit” is the Brunton M-2. They are super pricey whether new or used. As others have said you can’t go wrong with the standard military spec lensatic compass (Cammenga 27). It is a rugged piece of gear and I’ve never seen a good one for as low as $20, but if I did I would grab it in a heartbeat. They are a deal at twice that. Also not strictly military issue (although I heard a rumor some Silva Ranger models were) but you can find numerous pictures of military folks with a commercial baseplate style compass dummy corded to their gear- not as rugged but much lighter, often cheaper and I find quicker to read on the fly. I own a Suunto and a Brunton in this style that I most often use while hiking/backpacking due to the weight/ease of use- no need converting degrees and RADs when casually orienteering. Suunto, Silva, and Brunton all make quality compasses in this style in almost all price ranges depending on features.
  6. A random sighting of a Red Spacer KA-BAR...So, I had never seen the movie “G.I. Jane” before and it was on TV so I watched it. In the last 20minutes or so when they are preparing for the final firefight, one of the SEALs sticks what I thought looked like a well worn Red Spacer USMC KA-BAR knife in the sand while he sets a claymore. A few minutes later the camera cuts back and the viewer gets another look at it when he pulls it out of the ground and runs away. I’m not here to debate the merits or inaccuracies of a ‘90s action movie but didn’t know if any other students of blades have ever noticed this. Would be interesting to think that there was at least one in a Hollywood prop room being loaned out for movies. It’s not everyday you see one of those early KA-BARs and I can’t recall seeing one in any other film. Google images turned up a still shot of what I’m talking about- you can clearly see the long guard and red spacer behind the guard.
  7. Cole shows this variation in Book 3. I have seen several over the years and believe they are a WW2 variation.
  8. Interesting that it includes the US Coast Guard motto in its design
  9. Also like the modified pistol belt with cartridge loops- must be armed with a M1917 revolver?
  10. Those Western G-46-8s are one of the most serious looking military knives ever! I love my the 1219c2 pattern blades but next to the big Western 8 blades they almost look like toys. Thanks for sharing.
  11. Doctorofwar


    Could be re-handled with a modified blade?
  12. Doctorofwar


    A Camillus handle should have two cross pins in the pommel. Also I was only aware of Imperial using the plastic spacers in the handle. Although there are many variations in M3s most had 8 grooves in the handle. The guard stamp also looks a little off. And most, but not all M3s had an ordnance stamp on them. As for the modified looking blade, Ive seen others that people ground down to more of a stiletto point. I actually have a blade marked Camillus M3 with a more aggressive modified grind job than this one.
  13. Great pic with the camoed gear and early Thompson!
  14. I believe Homer Brett pictures a few variations of these in his book The Military Knife and Bayonet.
  15. As others have said, I echo that it is a great find! Makes you curious what else is out there waiting to be found- probably more than one can imagine...
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