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Frank Trzaska

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  1. No worries GB, with the price they are asking it may be so. I would hope not... All the best Frank Trzaska
  2. I eagerly await Gary's book!! All the best Frank Trzaska
  3. Only two now, they go extremely fast. There are many M3 collectors around the globe. All the best Frank Trzaska
  4. Great photo Dustin. It was also used in the Fulton Skyhook testing in 1944. It could be used to cut the man loose of the airplane tow rope malfunctioned. Neat front loading sheath as well. I have never seen one in person, just the various photos of it and write up you mention. Here is one in use after the test. http://www.usmilitaryknives.com/mystery_knife_9.htm All the best Frank Trzaska
  5. It took me over ten years to find one that was for sale. This is pre internet days mind you but I would have paid double that to find one. As it stands I purchased my first one in 1997 for $225.00 and I did not blink an eye. These knives were super hard to find until the sell off in 2004 of the Okinawa group of thousands of knives. At that point I owned 4 of them just from buying 50 sealed packages and opening them to see what was inside. Since then I have bought and sold a few of them, usually in the $200.00 to $250.00 range in used condition. I might be biased but I think that one listed abo
  6. Thanks guys, I got a full set of all the blade marked versions from another fellow who changed his collecting specialty and most went fast. All the best Frank Trzska
  7. Impressive Knucvks7!! Very impressive. Thanks for sharing the collection. While the knives always take the top billing your scabbard variations have me in awe. All the best Frank Trzaska
  8. No, just in the photographs and drawings.
  9. No not two L-75's just a mistake in the typing on the drawing book. The M3 is the 5682-L72.
  10. Great shots Dustin. Keep going! The one fellow looks like he is wearing a Waterman knife, another has a "theatre" made.
  11. Great document that needs more research. From a wild GUESS I would say the Kabar 6 inch Commando plated blade.
  12. The price difference was too high to compete with the Mark 2 at about $1.25 or so each. They did the same thing in the early 1950's with the Model 14 and 15. It was turned down as it cost too much. They selected the Marbles Jet Pilots Knife.
  13. The blueprint drawing above is for the Model 2. In the actual photos Dustin has posted he shows the Model 1 and the Model 2 which is a stiletto blade. They wanted a knuckle knife bad, the Army tested their own design as well but cooler heads won out and they did not adopt it.
  14. The L-75 would be the 5 inch hunting knife, ie the Mark 1.
  15. I have owned a number of Baxter knives through the years, The handles were all of the red fiber construction, some with a full double cross guard and some with a single guard. As they were mill blade grips they just inserted a blade shape and made them fighting knives or utility knives. Some are marked Victory and other marked Commando. Sidney R Baxter also sold Fishing Equipment pre war. Neat knives but not very strong as the short tangs and mounting style did not lend to heavy work. They did make some with pinned and riveted blades that were stronger than the screw type. All the best Fr
  16. Ha, those are pages I sent to Tom when researching the pattern. The printing on the contract bid sheet is my writing. Getting the spec sheets released from the DTIC and the bid sheet from the National Archives as well helped to piece together the puzzle back then. The hang tag from the knife in the factory collection gave us the MIL Spec number and date to look for. As an aside Tom was a great guy, I miss him... All the best Frank Trzaska
  17. Wow tough crowd. Case has worked on this project for 5 years now. They were asked to recreate the V-42 by the First Special Service Force Association, not a paperweight but a real knife. Along the way they picked up full support of just about every Special Forces Association in existence. They also have full support of active duty Special Forces including Generals Mulholland at JSSOC and Cleveland at USASOC. This is a pretty big deal in the Special Forces community. There will be a difference to protect the collectors of the original V-42. Can't say much more now, stay tuned. Al
  18. Nice pieces. Robin, While I can not prove it I always thought the USMC only stamping was Disston, they made the Intrenching machete and marked it in the same location. Still A Marine I have not seen the Village Blacksmith version before, very elusive and super cool, thanks for posting. It would be most correct in the early Intrenching paper and canvas sheath to my mind. My favorite is the Collins change over model that bridged the gap between the Intrenching and the HCK.
  19. Skip, Not everyone adopted the M9, the other services used the M7 for quite awhile. Certain segments of the Army still use other bayonets as well. The 3d ID uses the M6 at the Tomb of the Unknowns and at funerals. The various drill teams use the M1, the M5, the M6 and the M7 with many of them being chromed. There were M6 contracts let in the 21st century but now with Camillus and Imperial gone I don't know who will be making them. I know that some teams are supplied bayonets from individuals that buy them and have them chromed individually. They also weld them back together at unit armori
  20. I sent this link of a few items to Gary for his research but forgot to post it here. For those interested here are a few more items. http://www.usmilitaryknives.com/packing.htm All the best Frank Trzaska
  21. It's a real one and you made my day with your story of finding it. Gives me hope that more are still out there waiting to be found by other collectors and me! Congrats! All the best Frank Trzaska
  22. Murphy used W H McMonies Leather in Portland Oregon as a sheath maker. Occasionally you will find one stamped with the McMonies logo in the leather. All the best Frank Trzaska
  23. Tallyho, Look closely at the markings on the grip, could it say COMMANDO possibly? That is a Barteaux marking they used in WW II. See the photo in Mike Silveys Knives WW II Book on page 81. I believe that to be the style knife you have. Very good find! All the best Frank Trzaska .
  24. Nice knife but it is not factory done. Most likely as pointed out above it is a field repair. After the 1st generation knives KABAR moved to the thick pommel knife and kept the round peened tang type knife for a long time (year?) before switching to the thick pommel with rectangular peened tang like yours has. All the best Frank Trzaska
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