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Frank Trzaska

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  1. Just a point of trivia but it is a Model of or M1905 not 1904. Labeled as the 1904 by collectors due to the first date stamping on the blade many years ago and it stuck. Just like the V44 saga... As my old friend Carter Rila used to say, Nomenclature matters. Your scabbard is also a Model of 1905, the later style with the Krag type swivel is the Model of 1908. All the best Frank Trzaska
  2. Look for a Randall Made Knives Model BC. In the 60's Bo purchased FS knives from Sheffield and made sheaths for them to sell to military folks who did not want to wait for one of his hand made knives. That way you have a real 1960's era knife that could have been sold to someone in Vietnam or someone on their way there. All the best Frank Trzaska
  3. Very Cool, thanks for posting it GB, always a first out there somewhere! All the best Frank Trzaska
  4. See Cole IV Pg 149. I had that knife and sold it a few years ago. I also had a V42 look alike knife with a leather grip in a Fink scabbard just like the one you have. All the best Frank Trzaska
  5. Having owned a few of these over the years they are yet another mystery maker to me. I have also seen the knives turn up in quality sheaths with the FINK LEATHER maker name stamped in to them. Not a clue. All the best Frank Trzaska
  6. I have looked for this maker for years and still no closer to an answer. I have seen several all from Marines so would agree with the USMC association or Pacific area in general. All the best Frank Trzaska
  7. Agreed, one heck of a guy. He always had time for my questions and patience for the new guys. All the best Frank Trzaska
  8. Having held both at the show this past weekend they are really amazing works that the maker had an idea in his head and worked it out in metal. He really needs more practice! The sheaths on the other hand were well made and utilitarian in design. Very cool pieces to see and play with, thanks for bringing them. All the best Frank Trzaska
  9. sactroop hits the nail on the head, it is a direct descendant of the 8662 using many of the same components. All the best Frank Trzaska
  10. I hope he gets it, maybe I can sell mine at half the price!!! All the best Frank Trzaska
  11. I read through the book twice now, quickly the first time and every word the second time and can say it is a great resource and extremely well done. Dusan has done a great job of gathering up the various files and organizing them in a time line that is easy to follow. For anyone with an interest in swords, history or the US military it is a fact filled enjoyable book. All the best Frank Trzaska
  12. Great info, thanks Les. I would love to see a photo of your issue EOD knife and any others including the one you make now make for the EOD folks. All the best Frank Trzaska
  13. Thanks for getting back and letting us know. It's still a cool knife but the mystery continues. All the best Frank Trzaska
  14. It is a German WWI Trench knife, a Nahkampfmesser as they are called. The photo is from a Life magazine article on Yank in 1942. The fellow is Bert "Yank" Levy. He authored a book "Guerrilla Warfare" in 1941 and taught his techniques for the US during WW II. He was a soldier of fortune having fought with the US in WW I, the British in Palestine 1919 and the Spanish in the 1937 era as well as throughout Central America in the 1920's. In any case he was a contemporary of Rex Applegate and they exchanged info on more than one occasion. Applegate mentions him in his book and also has a knife
  15. Call him up or shoot him an email and ask him, Kevin has always been very helpful with me about his old knives. He owns ASP, the baton makers. https://www.asp-usa.com/ All the best Frank Trzaska
  16. Well our friend Gary Cunningham has done it again. His new book is twice as good as his last version which is still a standard in the field. Gary has collected information over the years from numerous sources all over the world and collated it into an easy to read single source book. A book that is so inexpensive the average new collector can pick it up without any pain. Even the most knowledgeable collector will learn something here, and for the experienced collector / historian it is now all in one place! I cannot say enough good about this new book, it is a real credit to the author that he
  17. From a 1946/7 catalog supplement All the Best Frank Trzaska
  18. sactroop is correct the designation of MIL-K-25594 was discontinued without replacement. The designation was changed to the more familiar NSN format of 5110-00-526-8740, the knife continues on as a General Service Administration product available for purchase. All the best Frank Trzaska
  19. "Blue Washed" is a term that Silvey and Boyd came up with in their first book. Kabar used three processes in the WW II era Mk2 knives they made. Blued = Typical gun bluing, color varies from a beautiful deep dark blue to a very light plum colored. Varies with amount of knives blued in the tank prior and temperature of the bluing solution. The early knives typically very well finished. Parkerized = Parker Rust Proofing solution purchased from the Parker company. Iron based process producing a dark to black color. Used mid to late war. Bonderized = Much like parkerizing but uses
  20. No doubt in my mind, it is a bolo altered and refitted by MH (Howard) Cole. Nice find and a super piece, congrats! All the best Frank Trzaska
  21. Sarge, I wish it was that easy... Looking at these for years the stamped letters never matched up to any of the known inspectors of the times they worked. But payroll records and their positions did line up for a large amount of the known markings to the fellows listed as Bayonet Forgers at Springfield and Harpers Ferry. The contractors like Nathan Starr and Springfield Mfg Co., have their initials of the companies (makers) stamped, and smaller inspector marks like the one Gary shows in his post. The National Armory made bayonets do not have inspector marks on theirs. This is true of know
  22. Just picked up a M1917 scabbard in the wrapper. http://www.usmilitaryknives.com/Images2015/M1917%20Packaging.JPG All the best Frank Trzaska
  23. Could the marking be US / JB? The JB marking is a known marking made by an unknown maker. The initials on the 1816 type bayonets are not inspectors, they are the Forgers initials. Pay records call out most of the forgers; the unknowns are a combination of unattributed workers or unknown contractors. With the alpha numeric rack numbers and the lack of an inspector mark this leads me to believe that JB was a National Armory employee and the bayonet was made at the Armory not a contract piece. Cool bayonet and most likely a Pattern of 1827 version of the Model of 1816. All the best F
  24. Hello Gary, I believe your bayonet to be a Pattern of 1827 model. The US / SE marking would be for a contract forging not made in the National Armories. The SE is an unknown contractor from what information I have. It is a known marking just unidentified as to who they were. The 16 is a rack number that would have corresponded to a musket with the same number 16. The J.M. I BELIEVE to be Justin Murphy, a shop foreman of forging at Springfield Armory who also worked part time as a contract inspector of forgings. As good a guess as any I suppose! All the best Frank Trzaska
  25. Excellent display, thanks for doing it!
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