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Thai-made JPK

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Only the second one I have ever seen. The blade is 9 3/8" long and made like a Pilots knife blade. It has some motteling and age darkening. The guard is steel with two holes on the one end. The handle is leather and in nice condition. The pommel appears to be a screw top (I did not try to take it off). It comes with a scabbard that was made just like a Pilots knife scabbard. It has a metal plate at the bottom and a grey stone. The grip strap has been replaced. I found no marks on the knife or scabbard. The knife is 14 7/8" overall. Homer Brett shows one in his book "The Military Knife & Bayonet" pg 261. The knife he shows has a shorter blade than this one, but no doubt Thai made.---------Neat Piece

 

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Well, that's it for now, folks. Feedback is welcome. Thanks for looking!

 

References:

 

• The Jet Pilots Survival Knife by Frank Trzaska – Knife World November 1999

• Frank Trzaska’s Website: http://www.usmilitaryknives.com/

• Darwinism in the Knife Field – Frank Trzaska, Knife_Knotes_13

http://www.usmilitaryknives.com/knife_knotes_13.htm

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Gunbarrel=Nice thread! I have seen most if not all of those repro JPKs, except the Thai version. I love the 6" w/ the knuckles. Please explain how they were attached? It looks as though the leather was drilled, but how was the knuckle welded, w/o ruining the leather washers? Real curious! SKIP

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Loves me some Jet Pilot’s knives:

 

Mine aren’t nearly as pretty as yours. But they're mine.

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One of the knives, (a 1-1969 Ontario completely blackened) is a knife I traded from a Recon pilot I was stationed with in 77. I seem to have lost the notes I made at that time regarding the Pilot/knife. Maybe someday I’ll still run across those notes.

One of my 6” blades has the screw on pommel.

I feel very lucky to have a transitional Camillus knife with a 66 stamped blade and a 1-1967 pommel.

 

 

Gunbarrel, really nice presentation. I too really like that Utica with the black finish. I think some collectors make a mistake when they turn their noses up at the JPSK’s that have been treated black. While I can’t prove it I’m convinced that on more than one occasion unit commanders or other superiors ordered this gear changed to black finish the way a lot of boots, holsters, etc. were changed starting in the mid 50’s.

 

Any idea’s about what looks like a T-nut on the sheath of the Milpar knife?

 

Maybe one day I’ll trip over an aluminum handled Milpar.

 

I think my favorite in your collection is the Thai made interpretation of the JPSK.

 

My Air Force MOS was as a Photo Recon Technician. So I immediately recognized the RF-4C in the post above. I enlisted in April of 74 so I didn’t go to South East Asia. But I did spend some of my time with the 67th AMS servicing the camera’s on those birds. Would you know if the Major may have spent some of his time at Bergstrom AFB ?

 

My father-in-law and Gen. Robin Olds became friends when they shared quarters at an Air field in Pennsylvania back in the 50’s. Olds was dating his later to become wife in those days and Bill would ride with him down to the flight line when he would fly off on the weekends to go visit with her. Bill would drive the car back to their quarters and pick him up when he got back. Later they were both stationed at Biloxi Miss. where the families would get together at times.

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Great stuff, Rey. Thanks for the posting this. I have always thought that the Jet Pilot Knife never quite got the attention it deserved. Maybe that is changing a little bit now.

I have a few oddballs in my collection. Here is a very scarce one that I posted a while back on, the MMB Products blade dated 7-93.

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Another oddball. Everyone has seen the 6 inch Marbles knives from the 1950s. How about a 5 inch plated Marbles JP? (I doubt that sewn in sheath is correct, but that is the way it came to me years ago so I'll keep them that way until I have a reason to do otherwise.)

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Finally, here is a 12 year old pic of some of the JP blades in the collection at that time. Can you spot the MILPAR?

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Charlie

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I'm gonna have to take the JPKs a lot more serious. Have never seen 5" or 6" bright Marbles. Did find an MMB after we talked about them a while back, finally just got a scabbard for it. Only have 4 now, but am concerned about all the good ones I've passed by in the last 45 years. Just gonna throw this out there. Does anyone have a used, loose leather scabbard for a 6" Camillus JPK floating around? Bought one in Raleigh, but need the correct scabbard. Found a couple of unused ones, but hate to pay more for the sheath than the knife ($50), plus the blade is used. THX SKIP

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Sactroop,

 

Thank you for the kind words. Not all of my JPK's are "pretty" :lol: Some are well-used, but I like them as much as the new ones. The important thing is that you feel good about your collection, and we both do. However, I will admit that I have upgraded a couple of them. Your 6" Camillus with the screw-on pommel would be a great addition to anyone's collection, and your "transitional 66-67" would be a very cool example to have. Maybe you can post pictures of it sometime; I'm sure all JPK fans here would love to see it. Same for your Ontario 1-1969 with the documented provenance. The T-nut on the sheath of the Milpar appeasr to be a field-expedient repair, which still works well.

 

Hey, that's very interesting about your MOS in the Air Force. Not sure about Major Polston at Bergstrom; I only know about him being stationed at Shaw AFB in SC before being deployed to SE Asia. He received a number of decorations over there, including a Silver Star. My Mother-in-Law worked with his daughter and I ran across his knife on *Bay after his state was liquidated. The guy that bought a number of things from the estate put it up for auction and I was lucky to find it.

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Here is another pretty scarce Jet Pilot knife. This one is the Nordac Manufacturing Co. example. Nordac was based in Fredericksburg, VA and supplied a variety of items for the US military. The Nordac JP knives are butt marked. I have only seen a handful over the years.

 

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The butt marking with the characteristic NMC 7-80 marking.

 

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The sheath which is also Nordac marked.

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Regards,
Charlie

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