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The MC-1 Aircrew Survival Schrade pushbutton survival knife also contained a shroud cutter blase. The release mechanism is soft and wears easily allowing the lock to fail and the knife ipen unexpectedly with a slight bump. I have read Schrade will repair these for their lifetime, but the return address must be on an AFB. The SDU-5/E Survival strobe and blue lens sheath. I ordered the new battery adapter cap and modern batteries but it still failed to function.

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Battery cap looks like the CR-123 adapter to me so I think it is.

 

I had a Vietnam vet show me a trick with those MC-1 knives. He put the bail? (lanyard ring) straight out before deploying the blade. These knives have a pretty strong spring and I noticed on the new one I have the blade can reach its open range and then bounce back unlocked depending how you hold it. Putting that lanyard ring out slows it down a bit and allowed it to lock easy. I don't know if that was a standard practice or something he just found out himself but it seemed to be a good trick.

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Battery cap was the brass adapter and ordered a bunch of batteries. Back in the 70's I used the strobe a lot at home parties and the original batteries lasted forever it seemed. Now it has been sitting in a drawer for the many years.

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Later manufacturers of the MC-1 were Camillus and Logan Smyth. The SDU-5/E strobe light is probably a pre 1975/1976 era with orange plastic band underneath the clear light lens. Later ones had a black

plastic band. The strobe light flash guard is probably the FG-1B or FG-1C and mostly used by the USAF and Army.

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Hi,

 

I'd love to get one of those knives, not sure if an auto knife is legal to import here though.

 

The SDU-5/E strobe is very unrepairable, I cut one open once and it was solid epoxy or something poured around the electronics!

 

cheers,

 

-John :)

Interested in US Naval and Marine aviation history, aircrew wings & insignia.

WW2 US Navy and Marine Grumman Wildcat, Avenger & Douglas SBD aircraft.

Also interested in US 5th AF in Australia.


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