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Frank Trzaska

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  1. A garage sale near a polling place, how cool is that! All the best Frank Trzaska
  2. Jon brings up a great point, can anyone produce a photo of one being worn in WW I? I have looked for years but have not come across any. I have seen the M1917 in wear but the Mark 1 photo has eluded me for quite some time. I have seen a number of them in WW II photos. The above LF&C looks to be correct. I have seen a number of Aulion's that look to be painted for some reason. Both types. Perhaps someone thought they should be or some soldier did it when he noted it gleamed in the sun. Never seen anything official about it in a rebuild program or arsenal refinish program.
  3. Congrats Hawkdriver on a nice find, your now 1-1-0. It is indeed a Pilot Survival Knife as I call it in collector speak or a MIL-K-8662 (AER) officially as Gunbarrel points out. This knife was officially adopted on 16 October 1953 in response to a 1952 Navy Aeronautics Board request. From the 5 rivet scabbard we can tell it is pre 21 July 1954 when it was redesigned to add an extra rivet and officially listed as MIL-K-8662 (AER) Amendment -1. So you have a fairly short window when this knife was produced. It is not a WW II knife. In the photos posted by SGM both appear to have the i
  4. Made by Camillus after they purchased the Western Trademarks. It is a civilian sale item, not a US military item. They dropped the year dating as it was not a military spec item so they could use the blades and dies year after year. These were first made in the 1990's and right up until the Camillus plant closed. All the best Frank Trzaska
  5. An extremely nice piece trenchbuff, great find. To clear up a few misconceptions if I may... Knives were made by employees of the Montana Power Company. The blades were ground at the Black Eagle Power Plant and the handles were cast at the old street car facility in Great Falls. All materials were donated or scrounged to keep the cost down, you see the price to the servicemen was free. All the knives made by the Montana Power Company employees were given to servicemen passing through the area on the troop trains, not just company employees. From the best recollections they made about
  6. The original award to Parish listed above is an initial award, the same with the Reading award. The follow up award to Reading Hardware for the price increase looks to be while in production. They went back to the well when it was discovered they were too low. It is also confirmed that Reading Hardware got paid for supplying helmets in the War Supply Book. Gary Cunningham sent to me an e-mail he found cruising the web on these companies: "During world war II the Reading Hardware Company made armor plate for the war effort. Helmets, shell casings, armor plate for tanks, bomb fuses, and
  7. Gary, Interesting, two knife / bayonet guys digging into helmets... That is some of the information I found also but prior to that the Parish contract is listed. In fact it is one number earlier. Phila Ord District 1/25/45 W-36-034-ORD 4296 Parish Pressed Steel Company, Reading Pa. 460,000 Price .6619 each March 1945 to September 1945 New award to new producer. This contractor forms blank true edge and forms visor. Balance of process is completed by Reading Hardware. It appears Parish would do the stamping and Reading would do all the finish work. I could not find a paid con
  8. It was made by Continental Precision Co. (COPPI) in 1984. See the page of V42 repros at US Military Knives . Com Reproductions V42 All the best Frank Trzaska
  9. Repro for sure. All the best Frank Trzaska
  10. I have reservations on it. Wrong handle and wrong number of rivets, Chatillon was the only producer to use the three rivet handle. Clyde logo marking is different then others and lacks the MADE IN USA on it. The originals I have observed had sans serif U.S.M.C. and periods in between the STAMPING. Atlanta Cutlery is importing a reproduction of the USMC HCK currently that looks quite a bit like this one... Just a thought. All the best Frank Trzaska
  11. While doing some research on World War Two era knives I noticed several M1 helmet contracts in the files I was searching. Just out of curiosity I started to search them as well. Doing a quick Google search for a few websites, this one included, I spent the day reading about helmets. I noted that all the sites mentioned two manufacturers, McCord Radiator in Detroit Mich and Schlueter Mfg Co. of St. Louis Mo. No one mentioned the Parish Pressed Steel Co. in Reading Pa. who had a contract for 460,000 M1 helmets during WW II. Are these helmets rare or did Parish never actually produce the helmets?
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