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Old 05-28-2011, 05:10 PM   #2161
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So, I have no idea where this knife came from, it just appeared out of nowhere. It looked pretty rusty and I've had it just in a pile of junk, but today I spotted it and thought maybe I could use a slipjoint in my pocket - I don't have a swiss army knive right now, my usual pocket knife and I've not been carrying my folder or wearing my belt knife right now.

It's sort of rough, but with some CLP and 0000 wool, I managed to scrape off enough of the debris to make it walk and talk, and I grabbed the lansky to put some new edges on it - took a while, I think it's decent steel.

It's a Case, on the large clip blade, it's stamped Case XX USA and on the other side 33044, which I assume is a model number. The scales are delrin I think, some sort of yellow plastic, not Micarta.

I could take abrasives to the blades and clean 'em up, but the stains make it look better and don't interfere with it being sharp and usable.





Ah, the wonders of google:

Case XX USA 1977 33044 Birdsey Stockman
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Old 05-28-2011, 06:05 PM   #2162
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Helle Taiga

Made in Norway. It's got a laminated steel blade and is very very sharp.

It came with a nice sheath, but I wanted something a little different, so I made one for it.

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The sheath mounts on the belt like a Hunter holster. The Firesteel striker fits in a pocket on the inside of the belt section.
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:26 PM   #2163
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Nifty sheath design but it took me a while to figure it out [I'm kinda slow sometimes]. JOOC, why not use the knife as the striker rather than carry a separate piece?
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:20 PM   #2164
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...or at least, carry a P-38 instead, so you can open the ocaissional c-rat...
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Old 05-29-2011, 05:04 AM   #2165
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Nifty sheath design but it took me a while to figure it out [I'm kinda slow sometimes]. JOOC, why not use the knife as the striker rather than carry a separate piece?
The back of the blade on the Helle Taiga is not ground to a sharp corner for striking. I could have ground one myself, but don't like butchering blades. I tried striking sparks with a Mora 2000 and f****d up the edge. I prefer using the cheap striker that came with the Firesteel.

One of the professional sheath makers over on bladeforums.com (Bandido Leather), asked me if it was OK for him to use this idea! Great bunch of guys over there. If you're into knives, sheaths, survival stuff, bushcraft, custom built knives, etc., you should check it out. #1 site for knife lovers.

A P38 will fit in the sleeve along with the striker! I just gave it a try. Thanks for the idea, Tony the Tiger!!
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:25 AM   #2166
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A P38 will fit in the sleeve along with the striker! I just gave it a try. Thanks for the idea, Tony the Tiger!!
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Old 05-29-2011, 12:43 PM   #2167
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Damn it Sniper! All you FFs need to stop reposting those Bark Rivers. I cannot afford to buy another knife!!!
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Old 05-29-2011, 03:25 PM   #2168
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KC just walked in the door and tossed this at me.

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Old 05-29-2011, 03:32 PM   #2169
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And you just had to shoot it so the paint blob showed.


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Old 05-29-2011, 03:36 PM   #2170
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And you just had to shoot it so the paint blob showed.




S'cool.

You did an awesome job cleaning this thing up.
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:42 PM   #2171
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What exactly is a P38 in reference to firestarting?
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:53 PM   #2172
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What exactly is a P38 in reference to firestarting?
The P38 is for opening cans, it was an old military item associated with K-rations, C-rations and MCI meals.
I think he was just adding a extra goodie to his set up.

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Old 05-29-2011, 08:18 PM   #2173
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:23 PM   #2174
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What exactly is a P38 in reference to firestarting?
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Could be used as a Firesteel striker, I suppose. Commonly used for opening C or K Rat cans. A Kabar will work too, as long as you don't care about the edge on your knife.
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Could be used as a Firesteel striker, I suppose. Commonly used for opening C or K Rat cans. A Kabar will work too, as long as you don't care about the edge on your knife. [/QUOTE]

Apparently it can be used for many things including striking flint, use #28 out of 39 uses for a P38.
http://www.olive-drab.com/od_rations_p38.php
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