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  1. dustin

    Fake A-2

    No comment on the jacket, but I will raise a flag on the other items offered. The flight helmet and life preserver are US Navy and the knee board I'm pretty sure is post war 50's or 60's. The leather name tag on the A-4 seems to be rotted off so who knows if it belonged to him. Other than the jacket, price out the rest of items accordingly, popularly stated on the forum "sum of parts". Copied reprint images like what's included had always turned me off, Who the heck knows who that really is.
  2. I know that the OVMS has a Use-It or Lose-It policy on tables, sort of speak. I'm curious if they are considering waivers or suspend the policy temporarily for this year, considering the circumstances, for those individuals that may have health concerns and not attend. After all, many of our community are in that volatile bracket for one reason or another. There may be reluctance by those that are not at risk but still playing it safe, and not attend as well. Vendors and visitors. I ask because I was recently having a convo with an individual that has been attending the show since
  3. Do you have an original to make a pattern? If not, then there is no point because it will be 100% your interpretation. Trying to find originals is part of the fun though.
  4. I believe this is the right one, located on the right breast.
  5. The heated lenses were once available in fair abundance many years ago but it is the cable from the lens to the plug on the suit that is the scarce accessory, good luck on finding that. On the F-3A heated suit, somewhere around the collar area is the plug for the lenses. I do not have a set to look at and be exact. But if you are looking in the area and find an odd little plug, that's what it is for. I think that plug is also for the oxygen mask heated cover as well, I think. Been awhile.
  6. Usually when you start seeing pattern or part numbers on the tang like that it is fairly modern. Modern, meaning post WWII, 1950 to present. If you google the pattern and mfg., you'll get a lot of hits. Commercial knife, but one could never rule out military use I suppose. Camp knives like these really went to the way side on US military procurement with the all services acceptance of the stainless steel MILK pattern.
  7. I guess I stand corrected, a swing and a miss!
  8. I think what you have there is a WWI holster dyed black and moisture resistance treated in 1955. Or it was the treatment itself making it such a dark color.
  9. For balance, here is another Case hunting knife, ETO. The pommel and sheath are the give aways. I've been noting the handle retaining strap are high ad low when observing images. All have the dagger pointed sheaths.
  10. For a little fun, I thought I would post of a few select images of the AAC hunting knife. In the up coming Vol4 I have a 125 page chapter on knives and machetes and will have hundreds of vintage images of all types of edge tools in use by the USAAF and US Navy. These are a couple that did not make the cut for the chapter. Since we are currently yammering on the Kinfolks. First is a second gen Kinfolks with composite guard and zinc pommel, September 1944. This next may be of interest to others as it has the MILK knife as well. It is a composite ge
  11. Sure sure, its a personal observation. As a quick survey, if you do a completed auction of Kinfolks knives you will see a dozen or more third production types. These have the composite pommel and guard with kinfolks sheaths. There is a really nice INC stamped ricasso on right now, metal guard. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Kinfolks-INC-Knife-with-Sheath/254712844847?hash=item3b4e11922f:g:pUcAAOSwTFBfVxY2 Over the last several years I've had a half-dozen or so metal guard types cycle through my hands. Here in the PNW there is a huge knife show in Ap
  12. As a quick summarization, in the period from 1940-1942 there were multiple individual emergency kits in development that were slated to include hunting knives. Additionally, there were wilderness sustenance kits in development that were to include hunting knives as well. Thus began the expanded procurement program. I believe the records for these purchases cannot be found simply because of such small quantities at any given time.
  13. Ah yes, Okay. In my opinion any of the three Kinfolk types procured by the USAAC or USAAF are common to find. You can find them in very excellent to NOS condition with a little patience. Rare or Scarce are classifications I would not apply to this type of knife. Your knife in question does have the correct scabbard and is a fair example. The original hunting knife procured by the USAAC was the Marbles Ideal No.45 as early as 1934. It had remained cited in specifications throughout the war. In all specifications for equipment requiring a 5-inch hunting knif
  14. As a side note to the discussion, the manufacturers (Wittnauer) part number on on the back is irrelevant to being USAAF procured. Both types with and without can be found in NOS boxes.
  15. for clarification, is there a specific reason you are bumping the thread, Hisca?
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