Forget about Ka-Bar. Cattaraugus 225 Q all the way.
Article about: Thanks, Steve. Very swift reaction it was too. Appreciate it. In regards to rynegolds post: I found it an interesting read. Not only because there were some interesting info, but also becaus
Re: Forget about Ka-Bar. Cattaraugus 225 Q all the way.
Very swift reaction it was too. Appreciate it.
In regards to rynegolds post:
I found it an interesting read. Not only because there were some interesting info, but also because it supported some of my theories about the 225Q.
That the Cattaraugus was not meant specifically as a Quartermaster knife does how ever not change the fact, that it is known as such in wide circles.
Like Walkwolf says, its the case for the 225Q to be known by many as the 'Quartermaster,' just as the Ka-Bar has become the generic name for knives of that type
BTW many confuse the Cattaraugus for a Ka-Bar.
Generic names are often used in other fields too regardless of the name of the product used: its the case for copies....or was (Xerox this, Xerox that) etc etc.
Great knife info and pics - thanks
Indeed one of the most underrated WWII knives out there.
The 225 mentioned here is still one of my favourite knives....it just feels right somehow.
The need for fighting/utility knives was great during WWII
and it kept most American cutlery companies very busy.
Proof of this is the fact that today you can still find WWII
era knives in their original packaging or in unissued
condition. After the war, as demand fell off, a lot
of the smaller businesses and/or their equipment
and tooling were bought out by larger,
more established concerns.........
The huge demand for knives during WWII can also be seen in the diversity of knife models/shapes.
A good condition example of the 225Q as well.
Thanks for posting
I have a couple of those. The first one I acquired as a teenager and put it through its paces in the woods. Didn't find out it was a military knife until many years later.
They are an incredibly robust knife that holds an edge very well. Always like them!
It was made as a user, so using the old warhorse is fine in my book.
Besides, its not like they are scarce.
How ever, the steel is a little soft in comparison to more modern steel types.
It will still work fine though.
What was your impression of it in use - blade shape usefulness, sharpening etc?
I used to chop down 1 1/2 to 2 inch saplings and limb them to make walking sticks when hiking. A few angled swings at the base of the sapling and it was done.
There was an old knife sharpener that used to have a push cart with a couple of sharpening and polishing wheels that he walked through the neighborhood streets of NYC. He had a long white beard and looked relatively ancient to me as an adolescent in the 1970's. I have never seen anyone, man or machine, that could put a better edge on a bladed weapon or tool. He was absolutely gifted at his craft.
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