Here are pics of a couple knives I have had since I was a kid.The navy knife my Uncle brought home from the navy after ww2.He gave it to my dad who gave it to me when I was about 12. The blade was parkerized black and I took it all off with steel wool. I didnt know any better.My dad told me my uncle said the leather sheath and the knife were treated to withstand salt water. It says usn on one side and the other camillus N.Y.
The other knife is a case XX with stag handles. It was given to me by a friend of my Dads who he worked with in florida and came to Idaho to hunt with us.He borrowed my SL-70 honda to get around in the mountains and told me he wanted to give me the knife for letting him use my bike. This was in 1972 and he told me it was a valuable knife back then.Because it had real stag handles.
The sheath had the snap strap way down low and let the knife hang out to the side and hang up on brush etc. So I cut two slots and moved it up top right after he gave it to me.Probably shouldnt have done that either.Both knives have gutted and skinned a number of animals.
My first knife was old surplus knife my Dad bought me when I was 8. It was simular to the navy knife but had blood grooves down the sides and had a longer thicker blade. I threw it at trees chopped branches to build forts chucked it in the ground and the leather rings rotted off and I had it put up by the time I was 10.I gave it to another uncle who cleaned it up put a new handle on it and still had it when he died as far as I know lost track of that part of the family.