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British Army Jack Knives 1880-1979

Article about: I cannot put an exact date on it, other than post war, maybe 1950's or 60's? But I am starting to guess now, which is not good. Cheers, Ade

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    Default British Army Jack Knives 1880-1979

    No.1 1880 Boer war.
    No.2,3,4 1913-1938
    No.5,6,7,8 variety 1938-1945
    No. 9 only produced 1938-1939, known as the canoe shape.
    All metal knives No.1 dated 1945
    No.2 Dated 1944
    No.3 dated 1979
    No. 4 ARP or Girl Guides. John.
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    Canadian army jack knives,
    No.1 1914
    No2. 1916
    Date unknown
    No.4 !948-1949.

    No.5 Indian army 1942

    No 5,6.Australian WWII
    S.O.E. Tyre slashing knife WWII
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    That is a very nice collection you got there

    Best
    Thomas

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    Very nice collection John

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Congrats indeed,a nice group of knives.

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    Gadge
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    Black Powder
    A nice collection you have there,I came to this thread after looking though the FS Knives thread and you mentioned the tyre slasher knife.
    I picked up a knife very simlar to it at an antiques fair a couple of years ago,identical except there is no tyre slasher blade,and it was never made with one.
    Any ideas as to what it is would be appreciated.

    Gary

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    Gary, I have put below a picture of my tyre slashing knife and my post war civilian version. As you can see the post war one has a screwdriver blade with a sharpened recess half way up the screwdriver. This is for stripping the insulation from electrical wiring. This knife conforms to the military patters linesman jack knife, I do not know whether this knife is military issue as there is no "crows foot" stamped on it. The maker is Rowbotham and co.Sheffield, Ltd. I suspect that on the end of the war a fair stock of "chassis" for this shape of knife were in stock and were adapted into civilian knives. Yours John.
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    John
    Thanks for taking the time to post the photos and reply to my question.My knife just has a single drop pointed blade,made by Nowill & Sons and what looks like the discharged from service broad arrows with a D underneath them.
    Thanks again
    Gary

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    Excellent Jack Knives! Thanks for posting the pictures

    I have about a dozen, but mine are all from 1939 onwards, don't have anything older...yet! I love the things, find them fascinating.

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    G'day BP44

    Nice Knives.

    May I ask you some questions about the All Metal Canoe Shaped Knife 1939 in the first pic.

    Does it have any marks on it?

    I am curious because I have some knives in my collection that I can not identify the manufacturer. I have posted pic's in other forums but have not been able to get any help.

    I suspect it may be of Brit manufacture. I have several examples of the clasp knives made in Aus during WW2 and they are all dimensionally similar and all have copper or brass shackles. The knife in question is of slightly heavier construction and has a steel shackle.

    I would appreciate any help you can give me.


    Regards Dutchy
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