Free knife from Ak Church

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  1. scottman

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    Thanks again it's my birthday and I'm go ing to sh arpen this guy up to its guards.

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    Looks like a wood beating beast!

    Congrats and Happy Birthday!
     
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    Happy birthday brother !
     
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    Am sure AK will see this, but will email him a link, anyhow...happiest of birthdays and may you have 137 more of them....
     
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    Happy Birthday:35:...... great gift!
     
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    http://plowshareforgeknives.blogspot.com/2009/07/v44s.html

    On the fourth of November, 1942, as part of America's first offensive of the war, the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion landed on Guadalcanal. Their exploits over the next few months earned them a place in history and their commander, Lt Col. Carlson his third Navy cross. The M2, "Kabar" utility/fighting knife wasn't yet available so the Raiders were equipped with the Collins #18 Machete. This knife had a 9 1/2" Bowie style blade, a brass cross guard and green handle slabs of horn. It was adopted initially, in 1935, by the Air Corps as a survival machete. It ultimately came to be associated with Carlson's Raiders and was afterward referred to as the "Gung Ho" knife. The above is not that knife.
    An aside to this story (and the reason I'm writing this at all) is that one of the young officers serving under Carlson on Guadalcanal was Evan C. Carlson, the Colonel's son. The younger Carlson was transferred in Feb of 1943 to the 1st Battalion, 21st Regiment in New Zealand where he ordered for his Marines 1000 knives designed to mimic the Collins #18 almost exactly. The exception being that the brass and horn handle was replicated in cast aluminum painted OD.
    It was probably not specially designed by the good Colonel's son as it was also the issued "bail-out knife" of the RNZAF and belongs to a group of WW2 Bowies erroneously referred to as "V44's"
    My reproduction of this famous knife is the same size and profile as the original. The blade is 9 1/2". It was hand forged from 1095 steel, is hardened and zone tempered.
    Includes a cowhide sheath replicating the original.

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    Happy Birthday! nice knife.
     
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    Hippo, birdy, two ewes
    Hippo, birdy, two ewes
    Hippo, birdy, deer, Scottman
    Hippo, birdy, two ewes
     
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    I may be whack on this, but I THINK the New Zealand knife was made by a lawn mower and yard equipment company who made knives under wartime emergency-did not make them before or after WWII. I also recall the RNZAF bailout knife had a partially canvas sheath with a very high ride-the lower ride leather sheath is what the ones purchased by the USMC had.

    I've also seen references to Collins 18 copies made in Australia and India...and m m maybe in Burma.
     
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