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    Military edged weapons with primary interest in Civil War.
  1. I have had a couple of these and the last word is actually "G C W A" which stands for "Gold Coast West Africa". They pop up on the auction sites and all have a similar shape and different type sheaths. Some are wood and some I have seen are leather. Hope this helps.
  2. Here are three of my "mystery" WWII knives. As can be seen in the photo, the top one has a very different blade from what is normally seen. Also, it had no sheath and will not fit the normal style sheath that you see with these. Perhaps someday we can identify who made these.
  3. The ones with the wood handle are pretty light for chopping wood. SOG makes a version that has a fiberglass or nylon handle which is probably a little better for actual use. These make good throwing hawks and chopping off chicken heads but I prefer a chain saw for heavy work. Actually, Pete LaGana also made a few of his tomahawks with fiberglass handles. I have never seen one, they are very rare.
  4. If you do a search of the Forum for Vietnam Tomahawk you will find several good topics on this subject. The topic started on 24 August 2013, I included some pics of some of the originals I have in my collection and some information on their use. From what I have been able to find out from talking to several Vietnam Veterans, very few of these Hawks actually made it to Vietnam, none were officially issued, they were all privately purchased, mostly through the Leatherneck magazine. Occasionally an original one goes on Ebay but I have never seen an original with the ordinance stamp on the hand
  5. This may or may not be a 1960's copy but the patina appears to not be artificial, someone abused the blade however?? It was obviously not carried as the texture of the grip is still very rough as compared to the smooth texture of the one with the long replaced blade.
  6. All of the 1960's copies have the smaller LF&C size lettering without the LF&C wording:
  7. A couple of examples, the one with the long blade was purchased from the Vietnam veteran:
  8. There is another category of these "reproduction" knuckle knives that should be mentioned. In the book "The Military Knife & Bayonet" by Homer Brett, he displays on page 320, what he refers to as an "inexpensive copy of the U.S. 1918 Mark I knife made in Japan in the mid to late 1960's" and he goes on to say, "the author sold many dozens of these to fellow soldiers and Marines on their way to Vietnam". I have two of these in my Vietnam collection and many times the grips were removed from the stainless steel blade and replaced with a Mark II blade or other type blades. Unless you purchase
  9. Ricardo, I really like your new photos of the VC/NVA items displayed together. I thought you might enjoy seeing what I think is an original rice paddy hat that a soldier managed to bring home without tearing it up?? It is 22" diameter and about 8" tall at the crown. There is some sort of Asian characters on a piece of paper that has been interwoven within the inside of the hat, those are the only markings that I see. Not real sure of the age. I display it with my Japanese WWII and NVA Vietnam items.
  10. Thanks for everyone's help and comments. It is always nice to see confirmation in the details.
  11. I had never looked at it closely with a loop, I had always assumed it was a local UCV Camp pin. After looking at it with a loop, it appears to be some sort of Sons in Service pin. You can see two stars on the upper part of the pin and the lower part has what appears to be a cross, possibly a red cross? He is probably a little to old to have sons in WWI but perhaps these guys are his grandsons? I need to do additional research on his family.
  12. Big Al, I am by no means an expert on these but I was told that if you remove the blade from an original LF&C 1918 and I believe this may also be true for a French made knuckle knife, look inside the grip, you will see an unfilled cavity or hollow space. This apparently was a result of the way they were cast. Most repro grips are cast solid and then a hole drilled through the grip for the tang? Some of the knuckle knife collectors out there can chime in on this if I am mistaken. Thanks Tommy
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