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  1. #1
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    Feb 2012
    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

    British Army Knife

    This knife has been around the family for years, mostly sitting in sock drawers and other places where stuff ends up. It is my Dad's knife from the Second World War, which he carried with him as long as he was in uniform, which was until 1957. It was a bit rusted, so I soaked it overnight in Evaporust, and then rubbed it with 0000 steel wool. I think the grey metal look is correct, as you don't want your knife to give you away in the sunshine as a bright metal knife would. It bears the mark given to all British forces equipment, the broad arrow, and the date 1940. And for once I remembered to take a before picture.

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    I've sharpened it up, and will use it, but carefully, as I tend to lose pocket knives. Oh, the odd looking blade appears to be a can opener. I suspect it's more of a "can't open 'er," but I haven't tried it yet. It may also be good for removing stones from horses' hooves.
    Last edited by Roger Tulk; 04-15-2014 at 04:33 AM.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    You would be surprised at how easily that can opener blade can open a can! Nice knife, great story.

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  3. #3
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Cool knife and great story Roger
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  4. #4
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    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    That is very neat. Epically that you know the history. I'm a pocket knife collector of sorts. I always carry a pocket knife, which in this day and age make me a suspect person. I never could trim my finger nails with one, like my Dad could.
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    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Great story Roger.

  6. #6
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    Dec 2012
    Bedford, NH
    Knives have always had a special appeal to me. That one must be very special to you. Do you plan on having it on a lanyard of some sort to prevent loss? That is a can opener & it works very well. Just puncture the lid, then repeat leveraging the blade around the perimeter.
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  7. #7
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    That's a great knife indeed. Definitely a keeper.
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  8. #8
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    Mar 2014
    Humid Gulf Coast
    Very nice. It cleaned up well.
    It's kind of fun to do the impossible

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