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14-11-2016, 01:53
A couple of knives in the collection, both are massive pieces and are unmarked.

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m87/Bruce-Stauff/Knives/0507160950b_zpshzpoldh6.jpg (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/Bruce-Stauff/media/Knives/0507160950b_zpshzpoldh6.jpg.html)

17-11-2016, 11:15
Thought there might be more interest/replies on these pieces. Perhaps some other photos might help.

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m87/Bruce-Stauff/Knives/0507160950_zpssrzps6oz.jpg (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/Bruce-Stauff/media/Knives/0507160950_zpssrzps6oz.jpg.html)

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m87/Bruce-Stauff/Knives/0507160949_zpsij6thiqm.jpg (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/Bruce-Stauff/media/Knives/0507160949_zpsij6thiqm.jpg.html)

17-11-2016, 11:41
Very interesting. Looks like a variation on the V44, and cast aluminium handles were common for NZ WW2 knives - but don't recall seeing anything quite like these two. Maybe someone else has more information.

May I ask where you got the names from if there's no markings?

17-11-2016, 12:18
Look great ...,who were carlsons raiders

17-11-2016, 13:52
Not sure of the exact specifics but Carlson's Raiders were part of the 2nd Marine Battalion stationed in the Pacific. In the knife book "The Best of U.S. Military Knives, Bayonets & Machetes" by M.H. Cole pages 246 thru 248 shows the leather version knife. The RNZAF can be found at the following website: Military Fighting Knives/Collection (http://www.militaryfightingknives.com/collection.html#Aussie/New) Zealand
The following is quoted from this site: WWII Fighting Knife, made in New Zealand. At first glance I'm sure you thought it was a Carlson Marine Raider "Gung Ho" knife. But this knife is actually associated with the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The original scabbard is marked on the belt loop "21C/N804 / RNZAF". - The knife itself is identical to the Raider knife and if it had not been with this scabbard, you would not know the difference. Neat Piece !."

Though neither knife is marked, the scabbard on the New Zealand piece is marked.

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m87/Bruce-Stauff/Knives/0507160951a_zpsoik9f7xa.jpg (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/Bruce-Stauff/media/Knives/0507160951a_zpsoik9f7xa.jpg.html)

17-11-2016, 16:47
Thought there might be more interest/replies on these pieces. Perhaps some other photos might help.

Sometimes there isn't much that one can do or say but look on in envy!


17-11-2016, 18:30
Thanks i did a googel very interesting story and sweet knives often said here if only they could talk