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  1. Thank for all the replies. When I acquired the Cole, as you know, these knives have no markings of any kind. I contacted Howard and he agreed to look the knife over. I got a call from Howard authenticating the knife. He then tried to purchase the knife as he had saved none of his 9 knuckle knives. He sent me a copy of his book number 4 with a hand written note about my knife.
  2. Hello again. I seldom post, just enjoy the education the member provide. I find myself needing to reduce the number of knives I own. While most are commercial antique pocket knives, and will be listed on Ebay. I do have a number of US military blades. Two in particular cant be sold through Ebay. One is a 9 knuckle Cole fighting knife. The other is a New Zealand WW 2 knuckle knife that has to find a new home. What, in your opinions, is the best place to market these two. The New Zealand knife is fairly common, however the Cole knife is one of 48 to 75 knives he built in his early career. Nobody
  3. The iron one could very likely be from a ball mill. When ore is extracted from a mine it is in varying sizes with the ore contained both on the outside and inside. To get to the ore on the inside, the mined rock is loaded into a huge drum similar to a monster cement truck drum. This drum has slits and holes throughout so that very fine ore and host rock can fall through. Then a truckload of similar steel balls are added to the drum and the thing begins to spin. The steel balls crush the ore into a fine dust allowing the owner to get at the ore inside of the host rock. Coming from mining countr
  4. I have one of Cole's early 9 knuckle knives. These WW2 knives had a spear point rather than this clip point. Yours is a beautiful blade.
  5. If it is indeed New York Knife Company, they were located in Walden. They were in business from 1856 to 1931. All types of knives were built in their factory. Like most they produced a utilitarian line of knives with wood handles and steel bolsters and steel liners. New York Knife Co. also produced some superb quality knives. The are known in the antique knife world as the Snap-On of folders. I have a half dozen or so of their premier folders. The quality and design are second to none. I also have a few of their utility quality folders and they are just run of the mill quality.
  6. I have Goin's book on knife makers and can not find the maker. There is a Newark knife company started in 1917. Nothing with Walden following Newark. Goins book is THE bible of knife makers markings. Either way I have serious doubts about the civil war story. This style of knife is known as a pruner, used by horticulturists. About useless for anything but pruning grapevines and cutting tops off turnips.
  7. Thank you guys. 5THWINGMARTY, I have searched before and had not found the plane assigned to the 97th. I appreciate your help. From what I can remember, my father-in-law once mentioned that his plane went down after he left. I heard this just once about 35 years ago.
  8. Thanks for all the help guys. His last name was Ketterman. I checked his diary and he flew with a LT. Bird and LT. Brady and LT. Wolf and a few others from what I can decipher. He flew 31 times. His first flight was on August 16, 1944 and his last on December 18, 1944.
  9. He was attached to the 5th wing-97th group-342 squadron. On the front of his records folder is a hand written note that said "plane no 6374". He served starting in August 1944 and had a total of 51 missions.
  10. Hello folks. I have been a member for a decade or so but seldom do anything but view the forums. I seldom have anything to add. I am now having time to try to locate some information about my father-in-laws aircraft he flew in during the war. He was a ball turret gunner on a B-17 with the 15th AAC. I have made feeble attempts to find out the nose art and name of his B-17. I have the planes serial number and have checked out the 15th's website but I cant get into their site. Since there is 2' of snow on the ground at my house, I feel it is time to give it a good effort. Can anyone point me in a
  11. I do not feel wet so I guess it did not rain on my parade. I have always wanted to know what the hand stamping meant. Proof tested and a date sounds logical to me. Thanks for the help.
  12. Thank you for the excellent information Dustin. I have wondered about this flare pistol for some time now.
  13. I have the same. Everything the OP mention written on his gun, mine has as well. Mine was a $75 pawn shop find. My serial number is within 100 of the OP's. However on mine a hand stamping was struck next to the serial number. The hand stamp reads " PT-8-24-43". I can not figure out if it was on PT boat #8 or if the numbers are a date. Either way it would put these in use in WW II if the stamping isn't fake.
  14. I have a Cole 9 knuckle knife I had questions about and sent it to Howard for authentication. When I talked to him, he was a quite a gentleman. He tried to buy my knife but I had just acquired it and was still quite found of it myself. He gave me a copy of his 4th edition book and autographed it for me.
  15. Very nice, I as well just posted about a knife it took me nearly 30 years to locate the owner. I wish it was easier to locate these men. I have other knives with names and had no luck finding the owner.
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