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Have any of you kept your first knife? I rarely part with anything of a sentimental nature and still have my first folder and sheath knife. They were both quite old when given to me and are nothing special - but bring back a flood of memories involving gashed fingers and outdoor activities, mostly fishing trips.

I can't tell you much about either of them:


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My first was a small Case stockman, which I don't have a picture of right now. The one thats been with me for over 35yrs is my Victorinox SAK Huntsman. It goes everywhere, and I feel naked without it. My son already has his I gave him, and he's starting to understand why I love mine so much.
 
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The Kabar style knife looks to be interesting. Wild guess, but is that a Navy Pattern? If so, the pommel is replaced.

What do you know about it?

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Like I said, I know very little. It is stamped "RH-50" on one side and "MADE IN USA" on the other. Old and inexpensive - I am certain.

It was given to me at much too young an age. I strapped it on my belt much like a modern kid would a Star Wars light saber, went off to show it to all my buddies, and proceeded to cut the sheepdip outta myself. :|

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That would be a WWII PAL fighting knife. Like I said, the pommel is wrong. It should be grey metal....

The blade should measure about 4 5/16 inches long and the overall length is 8 5/8 inches. The handle is made up of leather rings with the ring near the top and bottom being some type of composite (red rings). The red rings make have darkened on yours...

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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.





 

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My late father-in-law had one of those Case sheath knives like you have in the bottom photo. I hadn't thought about it in years, and now wonder where it is and who has it. :?:

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Gizamo said:
The blade should measure about 4 5/16 inches long and the overall length is 8 5/8 inches.

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Hey Giz,

I've never heard of Pal knives, so thanks for the ID! The blade and OAL dimensions match, but mine doesn't say "Pal" on the blade. I googled Pal knives and found a similar one with an even stranger-looking wooden pommel:

http://cgi.ebay.com.sg/PAL-KNIFE-RH-50- ... 0020617970

Here is a photo of the pommel on mine - looks like walnut:



Thanks again,
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