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  1. Great story and great piece. Thanks for showing us. Marv
  2. DON'T FORGET!! Most of the information and pictures from Gary's book is found on "Bayonet Points". Here's the link, http://www.usmilitaryknives.com/bayonet_points.htm Marv
  3. I think you can have your cake and eat it too. In your case, having an M7 bayonet that is in the box, never opened, is great...... but it doesn't really hold any surprises. You know what's inside. If it were a leather handled M4, that would be different. Is the leather intact, or rotten. Does it have a special mark, as an Imperial might have, (Hemphill or Standard Products). The only variation with the Conetta M7 is whether it has the earlier neatly done pommel peen, or a typical M7 peen. Either way, the value is not effected much, if at all. So, you can leave it alone and enjoy the mystic of having an unopened box. What I would do, (of course it's your decision) is to use a razor blade knife and carefully and neatly cut the plastic and then the cardboard box. Open it up and gently unpack it, photograph it and place it back in the box, making sure you do not tear any of the paper or foil wrapping. That way, you can have the bayonet, with all the wrapping, and the original box! AND no one would question whether it is all original, or not, because of the care that was taken to preserve the contents. Here's a link to an M4 bayonet in its original box that I posted not long ago. Look at the pictures. The box was carefully opened when I bought it and I'm glad. Would you rather have a great display like this, or should I have left it all in the green box, unopened? https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/341738-camillus-m4-1953-contract-new-in-boxes-yeah-two/ Just an option for your consideration. Marv
  4. $231.50 to be exact. Did we miss something here? I'm stunned! Marv
  5. This one has the look of a Kiffie or equivalent M4. There's a little too much ricasso to be US issue, but who wouldn't want a Ka-bar? Marv
  6. That's quite a collection! I don't think I've seen so many at one time. Marv
  7. I've been collecting for about two decades. The first thing you need are a few books. If your interest is US bayonets. The book by the late great Gary Cunningham is a great source. U.S. Bayonets and scabbards. Unfortunately, they have become very expensive. His first book, American Military Bayonets of the 20th Century, is much more affordable and is the first book that really got it going for me. I practically memorized it. It's available on Ebay for about $45. Get educated so you don't get burned. Marv
  8. Welcome to the forum. It's a little hard to put your finger on a single category of edged weapons we collect here, but this forum usually focuses on US knives and bayonets of the 20th century. My personal interest is "US bayonets". I have one bayonet that might be considered from the revolutionary war, one or two from the war of 1812 period, one 1816 bayonet made in 1834, which would be a candidate for the Mexican war, and several from the Civil War. But most of my collection is from the 20th century to present. There is a great interest on this forum (edged weapons), for all the variations of the USN Mk2 knife (Ka-Bar) of WWII and beyond, the M3 trench knife with all its variations, and pretty much anything from WWII. Any US edged weapons are very welcome on this forum. Show 'em, talk about 'em, ask anything about 'em. Again, Welcome! Marv
  9. Yeah, planted by a guy who thought it was a WWII Kabar.☺️ Marv
  10. To me, there is no reason to suspect that any individual put together this bayonet. Re-engineering a proven design is the thing governments do. The blade keeper is the key to this. It's longer shape required that the release lever be widened to pass over the blade keeper when depressed. This resulted in a release lever that had a much wider push button. This wider button also required that the release lever be bent back to lay flush against tang. After all that, the longer blade keeper required a whole new grip mold design to accommodate the change in the hole placement. My first question was "who made this", but I guess we have to start with, has anyone ever seen an M5 like this before. Thanks for your responses, I hope someone can come up with another one, (I'm sure they're out there). Marv
  11. I don't usually collect foreign bayonets, but this one was weird enough and cheap enough, so I got it. The comparison bayonet is an M5 Aerial. The unmarked M5 is always on the top. What drew me to this M5 was the unusual grips, I had not seen ones like this before. Note the screw hole towards the cross guard. Not only is it re-enforced, it is further away from the cross guard than usual (you'll see why in the skeleton view). I also automatically assumed that it had the wrong screws, but upon closer inspection, regular M5 screws are too big for the holes in this oddball M5. There are no markings inside the grips and they are a little roughly finished inside...as if they were ground to fit. The blade looks very typical and very well made. When I turned it over, I noticed the humongous release button. It's almost twice the usual size. When I took it apart, the insides seem much stronger than the usual M5. The only marks on this bayonet are the numbers 1 and 2 respectively, on each side of the "slide guides" forming the slot. Does anyone know who made this? Actually, I think it's a sterile CIA bayonet which went with the super top secret folding M1 Garand which they carried under their trench coats. Thanks for the help. Marv
  12. That looks great! It reminds me of the knives made by the guys in Vietnam. They would use repro 1918 handles and put them on Mk 2 blades. Good job. Marv
  13. This contract did not call for scabbards. These M4s would have been issued in one of the tens of thousands of scabbards that were already on hand. Marv
  14. Hi Folks, I have never seen this before. An outer box as well as the inner box for a 1953 contract Camillus M4. The foil wrapper is fully intact, and not torn. The boxes are in great shape. The inner box even has a small piece of original tape still attached, holding the top and bottom of the box together (not shown in pics). The white powder/crystals on the leather are (I've been told) MRT crystals (Mildew Resistant Treatment). They fall off when moved. I'm not going to brush them off. Where else can you see MRT crystals on a leather bayonet handle? This is a part of history not often seen. Thanks for looking. Marv
  15. Hi Folks, # 6 for me. Yeah, I think we all miss him. Marv
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