It always interesting to hear of someone coming across something a little unusual. A good customer recently passed on the following info on a camp knife oddity that he came across. I’m not sure if the word ‘oddity’ is the correct way to describe it. If anyone has any info or insight feel free to share.
|“Thought this might tickle your fancy. You know my predilection for the old standby of boyhood, the scout or camp knife. Well, recently I came across two military examples, both Dutch army, one from the 1950s, one from the 1960s – see the attached pic. But then I found another example that was just different enough that I started comparing. Thats when it got interesting. |
I’ve attached pics of the three; top two are Dutch army and pretty basic with composition slabs and good old carbon steel. But the bottom one is fancier with more tools and slabs made from ox horn. And if you note on the close-up pic, its bale is engraved. Did some digging and it would appear that this bottom knife is possibly 19th century – which explains an engraved bale on such a utilitarian knife; that sense of ornamentation for the commonplace went out with WW I. There are modern examples of this knife being produced in Germany today (see the present offering by The Best Company.com), but they are reproductions of the knife made for the Swiss army in the 19th century. In effect, the original 19th century Swiss Army knife. Of which I wonder if this is an example?
Knowing how you like the modern Swiss Army knives, I thought you might get a kick out of this EDC.
Ah – the romance of collecting old knives! “