03-03-2016 11:35 AM
Fatman was, and is a real period RAD hewer that appears to never have been issued. It appears James Atwood found them 'In Stock' and reissued them to the collectors market in the 1960's.
The ones you show with a slot in the blade I consider period made. All in MHO.
I concur with Bob Coleman.
They were issued but likely in a limited amount. I was not aware of the Atwood connection to these. As I mentioned previously, I bought my first in a junk shop and later veteran acquired examples.
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