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Old 11-22-2012, 05:42 PM   #3856
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maybe this: Camillus Pilot Survival Knife http://www.knivesplus.com/CM-5733B-Camillus.HTML

Popular in the Vietnam era. Don't know when they stopped making them. Camillus went out of business in 2007.

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Thats it, but the blade is slightly different, so is the relief. I would guess this is an older then shown. It might be a military version from what I know.

The end of the pommel has some old light gray paint on it for some reason.



Some people seem to get intimdated by the look of it when camping...


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Old 11-22-2012, 05:51 PM   #3857
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Stamping on the blade is Camillus NY.

Not a hollow handle, it's quite heavy. It was the Vietnam Vet's that lived two houses over. Ex-Special Forces, part of the Phoenix Project I was told.

He had things buried all over the place. He gave me practice gernades for party favors....

This was in a 50cal ammo box full of assorted survival items. He let me keep the knife. It will slice paper and shave the hair off my arm.

I also helped him dig up a 50cal sniper rifle and 500 rounds of ammo about a mile out of town.

Glad I'm on his side...

Got it. Seems both companies made the same design. Oddly enough I got my OKC version from a Vietnam Vet who I met while working at the vet admission desk at my university.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1046071...eat=directlink

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BMWrider79 screwed with this post 11-22-2012 at 05:52 PM Reason: trying to add a photo....
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:02 PM   #3858
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Stamping on the blade is Camillus NY.

Not a hollow handle, it's quite heavy. It was the Vietnam Vet's that lived two houses over. Ex-Special Forces, part of the Phoenix Project I was told.

He had things buried all over the place. He gave me practice gernades for party favors....

This was in a 50cal ammo box full of assorted survival items. He let me keep the knife. It will slice paper and shave the hair off my arm.

I also helped him dig up a 50cal sniper rifle and 500 rounds of ammo about a mile out of town.

Glad I'm on his side...

Got it. Seems both companies made the same design. Oddly enough I got my OKC version from a Vietnam Vet who I met while working at the vet admission desk at my university.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1046071...eat=directlink

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Old 11-22-2012, 06:23 PM   #3859
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Got it. Seems both companies made the same design. Oddly enough I got my OKC version from a Vietnam Vet who I met while working at the vet admission desk at my university.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1046071...eat=directlink

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Here you go. They are very simular. The blade has the same differences as the other photo, kind of a smoother shaping with a slightly different tip shape and profile.

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Old 11-22-2012, 06:40 PM   #3860
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My guess about the dummy round was that it might fit in the 'magazine' to make it look full. Not that I can think of any good reason to do that.
I figured it could be used as a weight tied to a string, possibly as a sinker for the hooks.

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You're more polite than I am.

It's the mix of aesthetics that's all wrong.

The camo print and survival content match, but the gun magazine/knife don't, really, and the dress grips and distressed sheath totally clash, as does mammoth and "survival" as a concept. Too many contradictions, and just because something can be done, does not mean that it should be done.
I think it's a nifty idea, but will obviously be good at nothing. It's the aesthetics that really get to me.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:37 PM   #3861
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Re: the USAF survival knife, Blackjack sells (made by Bark River) a modern homage called the Jet Pilot Survival. Available in various handles, including stacked leather, and with and without serrations, it's a nice piece. DLT has a couple left.

http://www.dlttrading.com/blackjack-jet-pilot.html
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:45 PM   #3862
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Stamping on the blade is Camillus NY.

Not a hollow handle, it's quite heavy. It was the Vietnam Vet's that lived two houses over. Ex-Special Forces, part of the Phoenix Project I was told.

Glad I'm on his side...

After some research with the info you guys gave I now know what it is and it's approx age. From what I have seen it's in pretty good shape.

It's a 5" blade Camillus USAF Pilot Survival knife issued between 1963-1967. The blade is stamped not the pommel, like the newer ones after mid 1967.
The blade contour is correct for the 63-67 vintage, it was changed due to the high demand in 1967 also.

The serrated edge is meant for cutting thru the aluminum aircraft skin not wood.

The recess in the blade was larger for easier removal after use... - Less suction I guess.


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Old 11-24-2012, 03:44 AM   #3863
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That Camillus was just a K-Bar knockoff, and I loathe hollow handles - it puts far more strain on the blade/handle junction than you should have, and lots of them broke for that reason...
Very true...however...I have one of these...





The compartment is maybe 1/3 the length of the handle and overall the knife is heavy & well made.
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:17 PM   #3864
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Made these last night for my daughter and I, we're starting with a local wood-carver's club and needed tools. I'll be damned if I'm spending $70 or more on a set like this, when I could sketch the ones in the store and go make them for 2 or 3 hours of my time with stuff I already have in the shop.

Handles are olive, steel is 15N20, hardened in hot oil.





The little one, I don't know what to call it, but the others are all copied off the flexcut system - the 2nd here is the "detail knife"...





Then there's the Chip Cut and the Roughing knives...




Got my daughter one of the kevlar gloves and leather thumb protectors so she doesn't slice off anything important, these buggers are surgical sharp.
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:30 PM   #3865
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Got my daughter one of the kevlar gloves and leather thumb protectors so she doesn't slice off anything important, these buggers are surgical sharp.
Where did you get it?

I know a friend that could use one of those.

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Old 11-24-2012, 05:40 PM   #3866
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Where did you get it?

I know a friend that could use one of those.

Tell your "friend" they can be found at any Woodcraft, or similar woodworking store.

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Old 11-24-2012, 08:50 PM   #3867
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I wouldn't call them "nice" yet, but a batch of 10 just made it through heat-treatment...

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Old 11-25-2012, 08:12 AM   #3868
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Are those the EDC's we've been looking forward to?
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:40 AM   #3869
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Are those the EDC's we've been looking forward to?
Yup.

Here they are this morning after tempering at 475 F.



Need to finish out a couple-3 this afternoon with different options, then get started on the rest.
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