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  1. Obviously, we now know this knife was made recently and then sold as an original WW2 period copy and authenticated as such. Whether it was authenticated knowingly or in error, is besides the point. Out of respect for the process and due to privacy, this issue is now being handled outside of the public forum and I will not list any personal names.
  2. I have recently acquired a WW2 E.W. Stone theatre copy knife, which was made by another craftsman and not by Eugene Stone during the war. The handle has been cast to the hilt section of a M1906 Ames Cavalry Saber. What possibly makes this example more unique amongst other Stone theatre copies is that the blade is inscribed, From Sgt. J.W. Morgan / Camp J.H. Pendleton. Although this inscription in itself does not necessarily prove that Sgt. J.W. Morgan is the maker of this knife, I am wondering if there are any military history sleuths out there that might be able to find any information on th
  3. Bearmon - that is it. Thanks for the help!
  4. Can anybody identify this WW2 patch? I did a quick search across the U.S. WW2 patches listed on eBay and could not find another. It has the number 17, two die totaling 7 and the 8 ball. Maybe something associated with the number 1778? Thanks for the help.
  5. For many of us, we can easily spot examples of some of the iconic custom knives we collect, but we rarely see period photos of the makers of these knives. Here is a photo of Eugene W. Stone, maker of the unique aluminum skull-head knuckle knife. This picture was taken in 1940, when Stone had joined the USN at age nineteen. Approximately two years later he was making his knives aboard the USS Holland.
  6. zzyzzogeton, Thanks for the information on ship capabilities. I was hoping someone would have some knowledge on whether or not any of those ships contained internal foundries. Because the soldier essentially only boarded a few ships, I was hoping to isolate which one could have possibly been the source of the knife. However, even if this information could be found, it doesnt prove where the knife was made. The soldier spent months training on Guadalcanal and then months fighting in Okinawa, before getting some R&R in Guam. Any of these locations could have been the source of this knife an
  7. Consent of parents to enlistment of a minor in the Marine Corps
  8. Here is another WWII period copy of the E.W. Stone knife. This one has a double-edge, unmarked blade that may have originated from a file. What is somewhat interesting about this knife - at least to me - is where it came from. It came from the estate of Aurtha Leonard LeVan, who joined the Marines two months prior to his 18th birthday. The parent consent letter is shown below. He was immediately shipped to Guadalcanal for combat training, which lasted from August 1944 until April 1945. He then shipped from Guadalcanal to Okinawa and participated in action against the enemy from April 1, 1945 u
  9. As Tony-in-NH affirmed, the 1st Pattern knuckle knives are extremely rare. Since only about three have been observed, it is difficult to pinpoint where or who may have made these. Bill Stone found the one he had in his collection in Australia. It is known that E.W. Stone made some of his early stuff, probably both knuckles and knives, at an old foundry in Port Darwin, Australia, while the USS Holland was stationed there in early 1942. These 1st Pattern knuckle knives may have possibly been made there in Australia, but we will probably never know. According to Bill Stone, his dad never made a k
  10. As a follow up to my previous post, the only accurate way to test the accuracy of the chemical analysis of a specific alloy using an XFR Analyzer would be to create a baseline sample, which would probably require at least three to five authenticated original knives. The results could then possibly be used to test the authenticity of other presumed original knives or even the period copy knives.
  11. Ive done quite a bit of research on the likely source of aluminum that Stone used for his handles. In the Knife World publication, which was written by Bill Stone, Jr. and as told to him by his father, the aluminum originated from Japanese aircraft propellers and struts. The Japanese had begun using a new secret aluminum alloy, which was developed by Sumitomo Metal Industries in 1936 and called "extra super duralumin" (ESD). It was lighter, stronger and more ductile than other aluminum alloys used at the time, but was more prone to corrosive attack, which made it somewhat brittle. Most of th
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