George Gill & Sons 1941 Clasp (or Jack) knife

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Johnson55
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George Gill & Sons 1941 Clasp (or Jack) knife

Postby Johnson55 » Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:24 pm

Another British Army Jack Knife.

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A little rusty when I bought it, but has cleaned up quite well without much rust pitting. Fairly small and handy, its been used and the blade is worn down through sharpening. And very sharp too! :D Good Sheffield carbon steel. Very obvious date and War Office 'Broad Arrow' on the can-opener. Unlike most of the other Army Jack knives I've seen, no marlin spike. The manufacturer's name on the tang of the blade is much harder to discern; GEO GILL & SONS, had to guess at the name and came up trumps on a Google search, one for sale on Etsy, though I have my doubts about it being made for Women in WW2, couldn't find any reference to clasp knives specifically made for women, but if I'm wrong, I'm sure someone will let me know!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/4683325 ... tary-issue

I'd like to learn more about this and other clasp / jack knives, do comment or add!

Thanks,

Charlie

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Re: George Gill & Sons 1941 Clasp (or Jack) knife

Postby Miller Bro's » Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:45 pm

Nice knife Charlie ::tu::

I don't have any information to add, maybe Bill knows more about it.
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Re: George Gill & Sons 1941 Clasp (or Jack) knife

Postby cottage hill bill » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:29 pm

Yup, standard issue British WWII. Bexoid scales, screwdriver blade as an extension of the liner. These were made both with and without the marlin spike. I've never seen any information relating to why, who or what regarding deleting the spike. I suspect it was an economy measure to both conserve resources and simplify manufacture.

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Re: George Gill & Sons 1941 Clasp (or Jack) knife

Postby Johnson55 » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:15 pm

Thanks!


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