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5" Air Corps Knives

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Next is the Camillus family. From the top is the first production strait tang markings followed by the second production arced tang stamp. The third production not pictured has a black plastic pommel. Also pictured is the AAC procured pattern 5665 with stag and rosewood handles.

 

The two Camillus examples I have in my collection are the following.

 

The second production Camillus pattern 5679 L36 with the arced tang stamp and a screw-on pommel -

 

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And the AAC procured pattern 5665 -

 

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dustin, sorry to have taken so long to respond to your question. I thought I hit post and obviously didn't. I blame it on Tim and his exceptional pictures. :rolleyes:

 

Bill's knife from the ETO doesn't have any brass spacers.

 

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It was polished steel before it developed all it's character over the years.


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It is difficult to tell but it appears your knife has the same patina or tone going on as mine. Note the brass looking tone or patina on the tang, I assume this is the wear of the plating? My example is the same as yours without brass spacers.

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The plated example I have is impervious to a small drop of liquid gun blue. Placing a very small dot of liquid gun blue on the back strap of the knife in my last post stains the steel immediately. Don't worry it is tiny and looks much like the rest of the stains on it.

The plated knife has brass spacers between the red and black spacers.


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Great thread, lots of good information and photos. If you'd like to get more information and detail check out the excellent article that Frank Trzaska did on these two months ago in Knife World magazine.

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I found this Kinfolks 5" a while back. I think it might be a WW2 era pilot knife, but need some expert eyes on it. Aluminum pommel and guard. Rode hard and put up wet. Sheath missing original closure and re-sewn with copper wire. Comments welcome. Thanks, Al.

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That is a well used Kinfolks with the war time stamping. Kinfolks had their knives adopted circa 1939 as it was shown in the 1939 Kinfolks catalog but used the Kinfolks Inc stamping.

 

As Bill pointed out I wrote an article about these knives for Knife World a few months ago and placed them in the proper AAC class not as Mark 1's or as Western Baby Sharks.

 

All the best

Frank Trzaska


All The Best

Frank Trzaska

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That is a well used Kinfolks with the war time stamping. Kinfolks had their knives adopted circa 1939 as it was shown in the 1939 Kinfolks catalog but used the Kinfolks Inc stamping.

 

As Bill pointed out I wrote an article about these knives for Knife World a few months ago and placed them in the proper AAC class not as Mark 1's or as Western Baby Sharks.

 

All the best

Frank Trzaska

Many thanks Frank. As usual, you have come through once again with great information. Al.

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Yesterday I acquired what I think is the correct scabbard for my Kinfolks Air Corps knife. It's not in the best of condition, but either is my knife, so it seems like a good fit. Comments encouraged. Thanks, Al.

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That is the correct sheath for the knife and it looks like they belong together wear wise so I would say great score. Finding a sheath that matches a knife in about the same condition is a real chore.

 

All the best

Frank Trzaska

 

Once again, many thanks for the confirmation and have a Happy Thanksgiving. Al.


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Back again. Estate sale find while we were visiting in northern Indiana. Pre war 5" Kinfolks with INC under the name. Seems to be the correct scabbard. I understand that these knives were conscripted for Air Corps use prior to contracts being let for additional knives. Additional pictures upon request. We are still traveling, so responses may be delayed. Are these scarce?

 

Thanks, Al

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Back again. Estate sale find while we were visiting in northern Indiana. Pre war 5" Kinfolks with INC under the name. Seems to be the correct scabbard. I understand that these knives were conscripted for Air Corps use prior to contracts being let for additional knives. Additional pictures upon request. We are still traveling, so responses may be delayed. Are these scarce?

 

Thanks, Al

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