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Ken Spielvogel said:

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Spring is my busy season. With the work season started , and going full blast , I have to find time for family, turkey hunting, fishing, and relic hunting. So to keep the family happy and me, I try to combine each activity as much as possible! The first photo is my Spring trio , a Case XX barlow, and a Rough Rider coke bottle hunter for hunting, a Western or Kinfolks fixed blade fisherman's knife with the handy scaler for bream and panfish. My old Garand bayonet used to dig out relics, shown with two recent finds from a local creek. Next is last Thursday afternoon catch and with more family, on Saturday had a even better outing!  Now , if the the Tom turkeys would cooperate more, I have a special place for them,..with gravy! Happy Easter weekend!

Rick, sounds like you know how to get the most out of life. I do all those things also, except I don't hunt relics - sounds like fun - a friend of mine wants me to hunt with him along the Ohio river, I might try it. Our Turkey season starts Monday, I have my blind up and I am ready - like you - if the Tom Turkeys will cooperate. LOL.


Thanks, Ken! No luck with those gobblers, saw rabbits, fox squirrels and 3 hens! Have a good weekend.
Ken Spielvogel said:

Rick, sounds like you know how to get the most out of life. I do all those things also, except I don't hunt relics - sounds like fun - a friend of mine wants me to hunt with him along the Ohio river, I might try it. Our Turkey season starts Monday, I have my blind up and I am ready - like you - if the Tom Turkeys will cooperate. LOL.

Nice Fisher, Ken.

What we have here is an unlikely war veteran; A Camillus 4 line Army and Navy Air Corps Emergency Fishing Knife.

The person selling it on eBay had no idea what he was selling so it flew under the radar of people looking for it.  I was lucky enough to stumble upon it minutes before the bidding was up!

It looks very much like those cheap $5 "fish knives" made in the 1950-70s.  However, if you look closely, it has  , a top mounted bail, bolsters and a locking blade.

This particular model uses steel through out its construction (including pins and liners).  The use of steel and the  4 line Camillus tang stamp help to date the knife to WWII issue (most likely 1943-45).  Camillus supplied these knives  for use as part of the emergency bail out kits for U.S. Air Crews.  They are basically a folding bird and trout knife and were to be used by downed flyers in survival situations.

Specifications:

Maker:  Camillus

Country of manufacture:  USA

Type:  Army and Navy Air Corps Emergency Fishing Knife

Length (closed):  5 inches  (12.7 cm)

Blades:  (one)  Modified California Clip w/ fish scaling spine

Blade Length:   4 inches (10.16 cm)  from frame.  3.75  (9.5 cm) inch cutting edge

Blade Steel:  Carbon Steel, most likely 1095

Liners:  Carbon Steel

Liner lock:  Carbon Steel

Scales:  black jigged  hard plastic

Bolsters  Steel (Bottom bolster acts as hook remover)

Bail:  Bent, heavy gauge steel wire.

Overall condition is quite good for its age.  There is some blade wobble but not enough to prevent use.   The liner lock works but it there is still some blade movement when open.  Some rust and pitting. Scales are well pinned and very tight with minor warping.  I wonder if this plastic is similar to Case's gumfuddy.

As you might expect, I'm really happy and excited to have finally snagged this unsung hero of WWII!

A great find Tobias, congrats

A look at those Japanese Hobo knives that you see all over eBay.

Great vintage fish knife. Those Japanese Hobo's can get the job done.

Here are a few Japanese camping knives.

This first one has a screwdriver for a main blade.

This one has a clip point for it's main blade.

And this is a smaller one it is stamped Star * Lite/Japan

Now for the fish knives.

L.L. Bean

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This is another colonial but it is missing the handle cover from the other side.

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