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Essentially a complete rebuild. I wanted to find one for my father-in-law for Christmas, but the cost of one in good condition was cost prohibitive. My FIL retired from the Navy shortly after Vietnam, and from his stories and comments, I came to the conclusion that he was issued a Mk2 knife.
I did finally find a sale for just the blade. No handle, guard, buttcap, sheath... just the blade. Of course the blade was a bit rusty and because of the rut, needed a bit of cleaning.
This was my first attempt at parkerizing, making a leather disc handle, and making a buttcap and pin.
I used my Robeson Mk2 as a reference for the handle dimensions.
Using an original era (≈1943-44) blade, and pretty much everything else was hand made by me, I was hoping that my FIL would appreciate it.
All in all, I think that the end result turned out fairly well, and my FIL did indeed seem to thoroughly appreciate the knife.
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