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Frank Trzaska

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  1. http://www.japansword.co.jp/ Look under the Militaly Item button off the main page.
  2. Excellent example Charlie, I have a few but have never seen one with a DI on it, bravo!
  3. Another nice find, you are a very good hunter, keep at it! Camillus and Schrade and Imperial often worked together. They did have the same owner (Albert Baer) at one point so much of the parts, systems, etc were shared. They also shared contracts, Camillus was the largest contract cutlery maker I know of. They made knives under different names for most other cutlery companies out there.
  4. Not that I know of, they are all identical. It was probably a "run on" condition where they just kept making them under a different contract number.
  5. Very nice collection of scabbards!
  6. It is an ugly story of family and greed. I was to receive it... probably thrown away.
  7. PAL Blade Co. had two Navy contracts I know of, June 1943 and December 1943. Made about 135k of the Navy versions.
  8. Well for the record I got # 2. And yes, missed a lot! All the best Frank Trzaska
  9. I just sold a Utica double marked two weeks ago, near mint in the box. Nice piece.
  10. That's my theory on many of them, simple mistake. I have seen pommels installed upside down on the M3 with the Ordnance bomb inside. Old rusted example with the leather rotted away, had a photos somewhere of it. Shared it with Vince Coniglio back in the 1990's but never made it into his first book. I have also seen Mk2's with the pommels installed upside down as well as a Camillus with the split collet nut screw pommel installed upside down, how they ever got it tight is a guess to me. In any case it happened.
  11. The drawing is Revision B and dated 12-9-1930 so was most likely updated with the name change as well as the spec changes. I would like to see the original dated 1919 to see what it says and compare.
  12. Yes that is the often used theory. Legal importation would be marked and a non ENGLAND stamped piece would have been brought back to home by a soldier.
  13. A country-of-origin stamp is required on all knives imported into U.S. after the 1890 Tariff Act. It still is. Today they also use decals and stencils that come right off but it meets the requirements. Around 1950 350,000 FS knives were sold by the UK government to various US surplus companies. They were sold for years for just a few bucks, $2.95 to $4.95. 1st, 2nd and 3rd models, beaded and roped were included with the sales and can all be found stamped ENGLAND.
  14. Rick Rescorla in the Ia Drang, one of my favorites
  15. I never wrote a book, did hundreds of articles but never a book. All the best Frank Trzaska
  16. I would agree with all the above that this is a great book everyone should own. Super information not found anywhere else and lots of great and hard to find knives. Greg makes some leaps of faith with his theories , something I just can't do :-), but has really compelling reasons behind them. There is just so much unknown on many of these type knives digging through all the legends and mis-information is daunting, Greg has done an admirable job is separating the wheat from the chaff. A top quality book written on good paper and solid ink, the photos are reproduced well and the text is clear. I
  17. Thanks Guys!! All the best Frank Trzaska
  18. It is an advertising knife not the fellows name. William E Williams was founded in 1918 and is still in business today.
  19. Here is one I have owned for quite a few years, someone tried customizing it. It started life as and original Fat Guard. All the best Frank Trzaska
  20. RIP Conrad "Ben" Baker, designer of the SOG knife along with so many other items used in Vietnam and elsewhere. Thank You Ben!
  21. I tried the google route with no success and do not know a name hence my search. Thanks!
  22. Folks, I just seen this Randall with the owners serial number stamped into the blade. How would I go about finding any info on the original owner that this belonged to? Thanks! All the best Frank Trzaska
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