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Frank Trzaska

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  1. KA-BAR did produce them for the armed services. I have never seen a specification or contract for them but KA-BAR shows them in their ads as being a WW II produced knife. All the best Frank Trzaska
  2. 2017 was a pretty good year for me with knives. Between buying and selling it was close to 700 handled in the year at my website www.usmilitaryknives.com (shameless plug). A few I picked up really made me smile and none of them were even close to the most expensive ones or the typical stars like Raiders or V-42's. Lets see if I can work this correctly here and show a few. I wanted it for the kitchen table centerpiece but it was a no go. One of Dale Sandbergs first batch of 9 knives he made for his son and his buddies, this was the start. The last knife I bought in 2017. A C
  3. Mikedon, You have excellent taste in knives, great knives and great display, enjoy them! All the best Frank Trzaska
  4. The new owner contacted me, I told him it was a repro. We may see it for sale again soon, who knows.
  5. In the early days they were not sure where they were going to land so all astronauts went through survival training in Panama among other places. The machete was part of the survival kit in the capsule. Pretty cool item, I have owned a few of the replicas through the years but never had the opportunity to get a real one. All the best Frank Trzaska
  6. Both of the OP photos posted are fakes. The sheaths could be WW II era sheaths but some nitwit ruined them with the fake stamping on them. It is a shame someone would ruin an artifact for a few extra bucks like this. That said I ruined quite a few old knives by throwing them at trees, the ground, prying with the tips and just losing them as a kid... All the best Frank Trzaska
  7. Old Wives Tales... Please provide proof of this being an OSS Knife. John Brunner could not and the National Archives calls him for cataloging the OSS files. There is not a person alive that knew more then the Doc on the OSS of which he was a member during the war. When did the OSS operate in the Philippines to drop these knives? MacArthur banned them in his theatre of operations and created his own AIB system. Not one shred of proof to this old tale, please prove me wrong... All the best Frank Trzaska
  8. No I have not seen it in real life only the photo. I have contacted the Patton Museum as well and they are not there either. Three were made and to date none have shown up. All the best Frank Trzaska
  9. Attached here is the photo of the elusive Patton Bayonet as item #2 shown in a 1941 test photo. It was tested in 1938 and again in early 1941 by the Cavalry Board. Note they also had a cut down M1905 bayonet well before the M1905E1 came about. In the end the Board decided not to adopt any edged weapons for an individual trooper. I don't know when they decided to reissue the bayonet? Good question. All the best Frank Trzaska
  10. It is Commercial Tolerances as skip states. Ordnance Department wanted everyone to know this was not made to tolerances but in the need for production speed they relented and allowed them to pass inspection as the CT revision to the tighter tolerance M1910 or M1917 design. I found the document stating it and shared it with Bruce many years ago. All the best Frank Trzaska
  11. The prices I quoted above were from Adrian Van Dyks Knife List # 114 and 115 in 1978. (I had them handy). So I dug out Bill Walters list from 1976 and he had a V-42 for $650.00 listed. Dan Brown sold his stuff in 1979 and into 1980, his V-42 listing was $875.00. Just wanted to check for myself and yep those were the prices. All the best Frank Trzaska
  12. I think it is all relative. I just checked a few price lists in a 1978 mailing and found knives like the 1918 Mk1 listed for $850.00, a "Ranger" brass knuckle knife at $750.00 and a USMC Stiletto all Parkerized for $850 as well. Counting for inflation $850.00 would be $3200.00 today and $750.00 would be $2800.00 today. Two of them would have kept pace while one would have been a big loser if purchased. A brand new Randall knife in the 1960's would set a private back over a weeks pay, still will and a Rolex watch has outpaced inflation. The big money is typically paid by the condition collecto
  13. Very nice and it looks original to me.
  14. Great photos. As to the original post... The Army was very compartment-ed at that point in time. They all wanted their own equipment, load bearing equipment, color of stripes, etc. The Hospital Corps wanted a non combatant item without a point so designed the Model of 1905 (yes 1905 not 1904) Hospital Corps Knife. The Artillery designed the Model of 1909 bolo for clearing a path and a field of fire, it was to be squad issued not meant for typical carry as it was so big. The Ordnance Corps designed a bolo for the rest of the Army for typical squad use. Original issue was one per 4 man squad
  15. And has been for the last ten years at least. They just stay at that level. All the best Frank Trzaska
  16. Goodbye my friend. http://www.newsandsentinel.com/obituaries/2017/04/gary-marden-cunningham/
  17. Well the rarest ones I know of are the Imperials from 1977, 1978 and 1979. Just a small number made in single batches according to records. I have never seen any of them for sale or in a collection. You guys nailed the 49, 57, 62 ones and the Stevenson so nothing to add there. The Camillus records after they went computerized are lost to time. First generations were kept on very large floppy discs, like 10 inches large. They then changed to the 4 1/4 versions and finally to the 2 3/4 (i think those are the sizes) and each generation could not be read after a number of years. When they
  18. Jump in with both feet. http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAMILLUS-US-ARMY-MILITARY-DEMO-POCKET-KNIFE-1958-to-2004-COLLECTION-51-KNIVES-/111992955367?hash=item1a134ce1e7:g:DJUAAOSwg1pXMiGu All the best Frank Trzaska
  19. Very few, well less than a dozen. Very early I didn't know the various can opener styles but in the early 1980's Dennis Ellingsen wrote an article for Knife World and exposed the world to all the pocket knife can openers. This led to a clue about Stevenson and the Robeson connection. A very hard knife to find.
  20. Outstanding Dustin, great work. Keep it up, I look forward to seeing your book and I hope it is soon. All the best Frank Trzaska
  21. Nice job Marv! Keep it up, you are gaining ground on it. Their are so many differences and many could be attributed to the Monday morning or Friday night issue with mix ups and blade placements. Many of the prototypes used in the testing still exist, Larry Thomas has them on display in his museum. One or two have the test tags on them still. On the theories I would guard against common sense in looking at evolution. Hindsight is 20-20, they may not have seen it as we do today. It is a great little knife to study but frustrating in many items just can't be answered yet. All the best Frank
  22. There are still may questions to be answered on these little knives for sure. I have been enjoying the conversation on the board in a few different threads, very entertaining and informative so thank you all. Just wanted to throw a few things out to think about. Dustin has done a great job of posting information, he is a class act and a very good researcher, I hope he keeps going and I look forward to seeing his book one day. Soon please Dustin. The information is only from the Army, several other branches didn't follow their testing or rules. The Marines adopted the knife in 1944 and
  23. J=Jackknife All the best Frank Trzaska
  24. I had not heard of the group found at Ft Bragg but several years ago I wrote and article about the boxes of them found in Germany. Guys from the newly formed VII Corps LRRP Co. (ABN) were scrounging for items to trade with the French troops for the lizard pattern camo clothing they wanted came across a few boxes of them. They kept most of them for their own use but did many trades as well. The photo referred to above is Patty Smith in white snow camo on the East German Border during a patrol, he sent it to me for publication. One of the veterans, Theo Knaak, put me in contact with the
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