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    Back in 2001 I was in North Africa on a trip in our Vintage land-rovers. (

    One of the other members of the group was an arms importer, and he had an interesting knife with him. It was a "switch blade" of sorts- spring loaded, but large (maybe 5-6" blade), all black with either aluminum or plastic handle. It handled really well and seemed like a true issue item (or at least made to that level of quality).

    I don't have a picture or any model number but maybe someone here remembers these knives. Special forces/Navy seals perhaps? Not something I have seen otherwise so it may have been a prototype too. Obviously this person had connections most of us do not have...

    Thanks for whatever help you can share!

  • #2

    Maybe a black Benchmade button knife?


    • J!m
      J!m commented
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      No I don't think that was it. The larger benchmade with the upswept blade looks about the right size but it didn't have an upswept blade...

  • #3
    US paratroopers were issued a spring loaded knife in WWII.

    It was nothing special kind of looked like a boyscout knife but had the spring so they could operate it one handed perhaps to cut risers if need be.

    Few years ago a coworker came up to me with a box of knives he was throwing away and asked if I wanted any.

    Without looking I said he should check if any are of value.

    He told me they were all shit and he just wanted to get rid of them.

    A quick look, on top one caught my eye as looking familiar, sure enough it was a Fallschrimjager (sp) folder in pretty good condition.

    A quick Google search showed it to be a $500-$800 knife.

    He left with his box of knives and I sat there wishing I had just shut up and picked up the Fally folder and said "Thanks".
    "...But they would never find anything to beat the old Springfield ...the long sleek streamline, very slim but with potent bulges, all in the just exactly right places to give it that pugnaciously forward-leaning, eager look that marked the Springfield. Beside it, the M1 looked like a fat old man puffing with a lack of training...the two most beautiful things made in America were the ax-handle and the clipper ship? ...they should have added one more thing: The Springfield '03 rifle..."


    • #4
      Better to ask for forgiveness than permission...

      this one wasnt ww2 issue. It was quite modern for 2001 anyway.


      • #5
        Gerber 06 maybe?
        No - just checked & 5 years too young

        Maybe an auto converted Boker "Applegate Fairbairn" model maybe?

        You may have to trawl through a lot of 90's era brochures to find the one he had, or a couple of specialist reference books


        • #6
          I don't think this would be in a catalogue, but you never know...

          im going to try googling those names and see what I find.


          • #7
            Looking around it seems close to this:


            but I remember it had a blade longer than 3.5".

            maybe an earlier or prototype version of this one. The handle of aluminum and the flat sides seems familiar to me.


            im going to contact them and see what they were up to in 2001...
            Last edited by J!m; 09-03-2017, 01:59 PM.