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US knife? Can anyone identify this knife?
Old 10-13-2019, 09:38 AM   #1
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Hi!
I recently bought this knife, and would very much like to hear if it is possible to identify it, and if possible hear your opinion on the value of it (if it has any..).
I bought it off a collector that is selling off his collection due to age, and he says that this knife is «in the book on page 288». I think perhaps he is referring to the book «Knives of war», but I don’t have access to this book, and can’t check. There are no markings on the knife.
I think the carving on the sheet is interesting. If it is to be trusted, it looks like the original owner might have served in USN on the the ship DD656, witch I found on the internet to be the destroyer «USS VAN VALKENBURGH». The guy (if real) appareantly carved in the ships «shot downs», or defensive actions?, of 10 large planes, 16 fighters, a couple of ships? and three ground targets? (My intrepetation, it is a bit hard to see). I recon the soldiers initials might be the «HMKY» on top, but I haven’t found any crew lists on net.
Any information on the knife or the soldier would be appreciated!
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:11 AM   #2
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Nobody recognizes this knife..? Well, it could of course be «home made».
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Old 10-16-2019, 05:20 AM   #3
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Looks like a highly modified bayonet of some type. Perhaps Japanese.
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Old 10-16-2019, 08:28 AM   #4
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Blade is too wide for most bayonets, and scabbard looks purpose built for that knife. Being Navy may have been made from whatever was available aboard ship.
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Old 10-16-2019, 09:12 AM   #5
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My 1st thought was Camping Knife with Kids Carvings.
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Old 10-16-2019, 09:43 AM   #6
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It looks homemade to me. Probably made out of boredom on the ship.
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Old 10-16-2019, 10:47 AM   #7
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That is a neat knife and I like how the scabbard design follows the pommel and the cross guard design. I think certainly could have been made shipboard, but was pretty well done and I believe the carvings. Too specific not to be based on something real.
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Old 10-21-2019, 02:07 PM   #8
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Thank you all for a great discussion! It certainly looks like this is a «one of a kind» knife... I also tend to believe the carvings on the scabbard, Mr. Jerry D, for the same reason as you mention. I think I will reach out to the senior citizen that sold me the knife, and try to figure out what book he thinks he has seen the knife «On page 288».
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