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G.A.K. - West German Bundeswehr Taschenmesser

Article about: Picked this up yesterday. Always wanted one. They are quite common and cheap. I'm sure many of you have one of these in a draw or pocket Officially this are the West German Bundeswehr Tasche

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    Picked this up yesterday. Always wanted one. They are quite common and cheap. I'm sure many of you have one of these in a draw or pocket

    Officially these are the West German Bundeswehr Taschenmesser but more commonly called "G.A.K." for German Army Knife. I think this early 108mm version was first released in 1976 or so and then phased out and replaced in 2003 with a newer 111mm model where the main blade could be opened with one hand and had a contoured handle.

    Originally designed by Victorinox, there were many different manufactures that were contracted to produce them with minor variations. Mine is made by I.C.A.R. Don't know who the maker is but one link indicated it could be Italian.

    A great sturdy knife. Typical Victorinox stainless steel blade material. Mine is certainly a well used variant but my son intends to use it so I don't mind. Next up...it needs a real good sharpening. It's as dull as a butter blade.

    Enjoy!

    M

    P.S. Larry feel free to move this where ever you think it should be.

    G.A.K. - West German Bundeswehr Taschenmesser

    G.A.K. - West German Bundeswehr Taschenmesser

    G.A.K. - West German Bundeswehr Taschenmesser
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    Missed a photo....

    G.A.K. - West German Bundeswehr Taschenmesser
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Quote by MAP View Post
    Originally designed by Victorinox
    You can definitely see the resemblance - i have x2 similar Swiss Army knives and i still use them on a regular basis.
    I suspect your son will use this all the time.
    Nick

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    Quote by HoundsTooth View Post
    You can definitely see the resemblance - i have x2 similar Swiss Army knives and i still use them on a regular basis.
    I suspect your son will use this all the time.
    Nick
    From 1,000 yards away. Is screams Swiss Army design. They make similar ones for the civilian market but it has the Swiss Cross on them. There are also Chinese knock-offs. Why? no idea when you can get originals for $10...

    I hope he uses it but he has 20+ blades already so we will see.
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Hello Map

    here is the french Army pocket knife

    cordially
    Didier
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    Nice example. Very different approaches taken.
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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