WWII PAL fighting knife

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    I found a rusty old WWII PAL RH36 fighting knife today in an antique store for $20 bucks. I thought maybe an old Marbles brand cuz markings were rusted over. Got it home and cleaned it up, discovered I had good luck. I figure around $120 maybe. Not sure as it has no sheath. If anyone has any knowledge on these, please post. Leather handle is dried up up but relatively undamaged. Can I rehydrate the leather in neatsfoot oil and expect much? Its shrunk enough to create an 1/8th inch gap between pommel.

    Same as this one except for gap in handle and sheath..
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/US-WW2-WWI...m=132547909609&_trksid=p2047675.c100008.m2219
     
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    I bought one just like yours years ago for about the same price. They are very good old knives. IIRC, Pal bought out Remington and kept a lot of the patterns that Remington had made.
    Tom Black
     
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    Give it a full makeover if you can. Old WWII fighting knives look amazing when all fixed up.
    This is an image I came across awhile ago.
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    As far as the leather, it’s hard to tell without an image, but my guess is that you’ll have to remove the pommel and replace the stacked leather grip.
     
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    One of the most, maybe the most common of WWII US military knives. Into the 80s, stashes turned up new.

    My opinion, good knives from all standpoints. Good design. Well made, especially considering the crush of production needs. Not as common anymore, either.
     
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    Thread link not posting correctly , look for thread on Vintage Military knives.
     
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    What I read is that more 225Qs were made than any other issued knife. An uncle traded smokes to a Marine for one. I have a picture of an 11th Airborne Paratrooper carrying one on occupation duty in Japan

    I too like the PAL 36R. One of my other uncles in the artillery took a small Remington to war, and added an R36 purchased at a PX in Africa (I have it.). (Also added 3
    MG42 MGs to the one Browning .30 they were issued. "You can never have too many machine guns." That probably worked because of the truck towing their 155mm howitzer.)
     
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    Great info! I had to sharpen this last night and am happy with a nice edge. There are very tiny amounts of pitting on the blade which can easily be removed. Also file marks where someone did a hack job in sharpening. I can see how the one above could be polished to such a shiny finish. I had thought to leave it original but heck I'd rather have a nice knife than sell it like I first thought. I really like THAT sheath above too.
     
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    If you want that sheath, or one just like it but fine-tuned for your knife, check out Maggie Zebra on Etsy. It’s from her shop.
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieZebra
    Mr. Badger, a member of her shop, handles the sheath-making. He made the sheath pictured in my post above.
    I have a sheath made by him for my BK2, and it’s the highest-quality sheath I’ve ever experienced. They use the best materials and the craftsmanship is excellent. As far as the WWII knife sheath specifically, this is the review left for it:
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    If you plan on buying a sheath for your knife I highly recommend getting one from Maggie’s shop.
     
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    I don't know where you could get $120 for one. They go for about $40 around here. Depending on the season, the pommel may be loose on many. Loose pommels are common.

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    Thanks, tried correcting but link was not posting properly so the post was edited to just the thread title Vintage Military knives. Not sure what I did wrong.
     
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    I meant when I got done fixing it up. Yeah after looking there are a lot of them on ebay cheap. No matter I'm keeping it. My son will probably get it for his birthday.
     
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    That's a Case 337-6" Q. Equivalent to the Cattaraugus 225Q. The Case is a better knife and more collectable than the Pal RH-36.
     
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    Yep, I'd rather have that one. I like the parkerized blade.
     
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    Knowing the work it takes to polish up a knife and the advantage it is ,I'd say go for it as well as replacing the leather . Still the same steel and shape so it is not an alteration , it's worth the investment either way , especially if you plan on using it.
    I was not much into polishing steel before I came here, but now that I have incorporated it into my own work, I see the value .
     
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    I plan to replace guard & pommel, refurbish the leather handle. It's got potential imho.
     
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    I see three I want ! They are nice!
     
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    This knife has a chrome finish on the blade which is pitted. Anyone know how to chemically strip chrome off? Would a brake fluid bath work?
     
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    No idea about the chrome. Good knife, mine was a salvage find.
     
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    I have acquired a RH35 (Mk I) and a RH36 in the last couple of years. Both were very easily sharpened to a great edge in a short time. I assume that they weren't made very hard to allow for field expedient sharpening. I don't plan to do any torture testing to see how much abuse they can tolerate.
     
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    I collect PAL mil issue knives. My PAL USN Mk1/RH-35.
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    FWIW, the Cold Steel SRK is basically a copy of the Mk1. There really isn't much of anything new under the sun regarding blade design.
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    leghog,
    I like that sheath, I'll be scouring Ebay for one! I've got a bunch of blades who are naked...
     
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    Search for M8 and M8A1
     
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    Got this blade in naval jelly right now. There was rust under the chrome plating and all along the tang.I hope I got a blade left after sitting in phosphoric acid...
     
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