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    Homages, replicas and civilian versions of military issued knives

    I'm a knife user rather than a collector, but I'm also a writer and history buff so I have an affinity for military knives, particularly of the WWI-WWII period.

    I don't own a knife unless I intend to use it out bush or for some other non-"sit-in-a-drawer-and-appreciate-in-value" purpose, but I would never use an original as a field tool unless it was a common type and able to be replaced off the shelf or with a little searching. With this in mind, I tend to use off-the-shelf commercial versions or even decent replicas of military knives.

    Here's a list of some of my military and military style knives -

    Here in the shed -

    - Windlass replica Regimental Kukhri - new manufacture - covered the scabbard in green canvas and made a new brown leather frog
    - Home-made Australian Army Utility Knife-style sheath knife - modded into a clip point - carried in a leather Ka-Bar sheath, I should get around to making a proper AAUK sheath for it.
    - Australian 1st Pattern WE clasp knife - original
    - Swiss Wenger Mod. 1908 Soldier's knife (refurbed and with mallee burl scales) - original
    - Mercator K55 folding knives (WWI/WWII style German soldier's knife) - modern manufacture
    - Mercator replica Multi sportsman's knife (WWI-style German soldier's knife) - modern manufacture
    - CASE XX replica of their prototype Marine Combat knife (WWII style "Ka-Bar"/Mk2 knife) - modern manufacture - bought an unmarked WWII Ka-Bar style sheath for it
    - A Wright and Sons Bexoid locking knife (WWII SOE-pattern "Knives, Dagger, Jack, Single-blade") - modern manufacture
    - International Military Antiques replica RAF Type D Survival Knife (1960s-era British survival knife) - modern manufacture - had to sharpen this one since it came blunt, and modify the sheath
    - Australian MA65 tree beater with original scabbard - original

    On the way -

    - Nowill & Sons replica 2nd Pattern Fairbain-Sykes Commando dagger - Modern manufacture (this one will simply sit on my desk as a reminder/inspiration trigger when I'm writing about Z Special stuff - my last one was a MOD spec 3rd Pattern FS dagger from Pacific Bladeware, but I sold it).
    - Another A Wright and Sons Bexoid locking knife - modern manufacture (this one is heading to QLD to a mate's Z Special equipment collection to be representative of the SOE jack knife for a gear layout photoshoot)
    - Plowshare Forge replica SOE Smatchet

    In the Pipeline or on the wishlist -

    - A replica AAS - to replace the FS on the desk
    - A replica East Bros AAUK

    Who else owns and uses homage, replica or civilian versions of military knives?
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    Exclamation I do have such a knife!

    I do have such a knife! An excellent reproduction of the Australian Army Utility Knife by Stewart Townsend.

    I have several original Australian Army Utility Knives in my collection, that I am quite happy to have just sit in a drawer and be admired for what they are. While they are not particularly expensive or monetarily valuable knives, they are all the same a part of our nations military history. As such; as much as I would have liked to have used one in the field as a hunting knife, I felt it was not the right thing to do.

    So the solution was to ask Stewart Townsend to make a reproduction of an AAUK that I could take in to the field. Stewart did an admirable job. The blade is heavier than the original and made of Stainless Steel with Stewarts initials marked on the blade so there is no chance of it ever being passed off as an original. I matched it with a reproduction sheath made by EK knives for their AAUK reproduction.

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    That's a nice homage, John. I've often admired Stewart's "Stewsteel" WWII replicas.

    I might as well add some pics and details of the knives I've listed above.

    I'll start with the Case USMC...

    Pretty much unused (so far), it's a direct replica of CASE XX's design tendered for WWII MK2 knife contracts. The design wasn't accepted, apparently due to the too-thin pommel. I like this one because of the small, inconspicuous "USMC" and stamped data on the blade as opposed to the obnoxious big "USMC" on the Ka Bar replica of the WWII knife.

    The Case sheath is emblazoned with the USMC Eagle, Globe and Anchor like the Ka-Bar USMC Combat standard sheath, and while I agree that these companies have every right to be proud of the US Marines, I have no family or emotional links to the USMC so I wanted a simple plain sheath for mine. Turns out Ka-Bar makes just such a sheath, so that's what I purchased.

    My original CASE XX USMC sheath has had a leather patch sewn over the USMC EGA and it's now being used for my homage to the AAUK.

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    Thanks Dutchie.

    Speco the wish list, the East Bros is a slightly easier knife IMO the WE slightly painful. I have the dimensions sitting around here, for years for one of the smatchets (original Z Special)


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    RAF Type D Survival Knife. I purchased this one to keep in the Landy's tool locker for those times camping when the axe on the bonnet is too big, and the CRKT M21-04 in my pocket is too small.

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    The Kukhuri is a bit of a favourite of mine. These are an amazing bush tool.

    The Windlass "Regimental Kukri" is cheap and readily available but it needs some work - serious work on the edge to make it useable. I left a sort of sabre grind on the belly for heavy chopping, but down near the notch mine is now razor sharp and suitable for fine work.

    I have retained the two little traditional knives which come with the Kukhuri, but have notched the sharpener's handle to tell them apart in the dark. The eating knife is a bit thin, but takes an edge well so it's a good little accessory blade.

    The sheath and leather frog are fine out of the box, but as I do, I modified mine to suit my aesthetic. This meant covering the scabbard with some canvas and making a new leather frog with clips so the whole lot can be removed from the belt easily.

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    The Mercator "Multi" is a slight redesign of the original and is current manufacture.

    It's a good bit bigger than the normal Mercator K55K "Cat" knives and may be more "traditional" than "Military", but Allied forces fighting the Germans in both World Wars often souvenired these "multi" versions of the "Cat" knife.

    It's a big locking blade, with some accessory tools such as can opener, corkscrew and awl. In the interests of utility I have installed a clamp-on thumb stud on mine for one-handed opening. I often carry this one whilst bushwalking, so it's seen a fair bit of action outdoors.

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    I've updated the top post to reflect this morning's order of a new-manufacture SOE Smatchet from the US. It's got the look and feel of the real thing by accounts. When it arrives I'll be making a canvas scabbard, which should be an interesting build.
    The Nowill 2nd Pattern F-S should arrive tomorrow.

    In the meantime, here's the A Wright & Sons locking knife.

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    EK WD-10, manufactured by the original Blackjack Knives (Effingham) in the mid 90's.
    Picked this up from an American seller on fleabay about 10 years ago. They occasionally pop up on US forums.
    Quite a nice replica of the AAUK.....IMHO.


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