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The humble British Jack Knife

Article about: Hi Guys, the clasp or Jack knife was carried by all British soldiers in WW2. They were carried secured around the waist via string lanyard. They were a useful tool and were often kept by for

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    Back in my Navy days aboard ships, all quarter decks had a bell to ring important people aboard. The ringer was done always done up like yours. A lot time ( Mid-Watches ) were often spent up making those Clapper handles.

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    Hi Ade

    I saw a load of the spiked knives in a box for sale at Dorset steam fair about 10 years ago, for £1 each......I wish Ild bought one! ive got a 1940 non spike, so that will have to do.

    Cheers
    Reg

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    The Australian army still issues those knives, i have one myself, i was told the spike was for picking stones out of horses hooves {well at one time anyway}

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    Great knives!
    Here's an early war version by WATTS



    It was shipped home in my wife's uncle's belongings after he was killed in France in '44. He was in the US Army but I guess he knew a good knife when he found it.

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    G'day all,

    I luckily found this one cheaply today at a flea market
    I've wanted one of these for years and finally found one!!!

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    Rene we need to divy up Camberwell market you keep finding the good gear

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    Quote by michael77 View Post
    Rene we need to divy up Camberwell market you keep finding the good gear
    HAA this one came from the Rosebud flea market

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    Hello Rene,
    Here are mine;
    The Large alloy handle one is by W Rodgers & Son, 6 Norfolk St, Sheffield, Then WWII dated with Broad Arrow, 1943 by Davenports Sheffield, 1944 by Venture ???ter, 1945 Norfolk St, Sheffield, Joseph Rodgers Sheffield England, Stainless, on other side; Oil the Joints. The Kitbag lock makes a good keeper for them !
    Cheers,
    Guy.
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    May I ask? I will anyway- has mine been modified to be more pointy? If so it was done a long time ago

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    Quote by reneblacky View Post
    May I ask? I will anyway- has mine been modified to be more pointy? If so it was done a long time ago
    It does looks like it has been modified. Don't know why this would have been done, not seen one before? Maybe the owner was envisaging having to use it in close combat

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