What’s this knife

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Jasonp
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What’s this knife

Post by Jasonp » Sun Feb 14, 2021 9:32 pm

Hi, can anyone tell me anything about this knife, we got it when my wife’s grand father passed away
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Re: What’s this knife

Post by Gunsil » Sun Feb 14, 2021 11:16 pm

I think this question was answered correctly recently. It is a WW2 era British soldiers knife made in 1944 as the mark shows. The phaeon, or "broad arrow" is the British military acceptance mark, all British military issued equipment will be so marked from before the American revolution to now. The secondary blade is a caplifter/can opener combination tool.

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Re: What’s this knife

Post by Mumbleypeg » Sun Feb 14, 2021 11:16 pm

Welcome to AAPK. Looks like a military knife issued to servicemen. Usually there will be a maker’s name stamped on the tang (base) of the master blade. I can’t see from you pictures if one exists on the knife. From the “Oil the joints” stamp and the shape of the can opener my guess is it was made by George Wostenholm. The firm was located in Sheffield, England.

Someone here may be able to positively identify it. Meanwhile check for any marks stamped on the blades.

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Edit: There you go. Gunsil was typing a reply at the same time I was. Go with what he says.
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Re: What’s this knife

Post by knife7knut » Mon Feb 15, 2021 1:39 am

Mumbleypeg wrote:
Sun Feb 14, 2021 11:16 pm
Welcome to AAPK. Looks like a military knife issued to servicemen. Usually there will be a maker’s name stamped on the tang (base) of the master blade. I can’t see from you pictures if one exists on the knife. From the “Oil the joints” stamp and the shape of the can opener my guess is it was made by George Wostenholm. The firm was located in Sheffield, England.

Someone here may be able to positively identify it. Meanwhile check for any marks stamped on the blades.
Stamped on the handle side: "M.Slater"
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Re: What’s this knife

Post by Mumbleypeg » Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:00 am

knife7knut wrote:
Mon Feb 15, 2021 1:39 am
Mumbleypeg wrote:
Sun Feb 14, 2021 11:16 pm
Welcome to AAPK. Looks like a military knife issued to servicemen. Usually there will be a maker’s name stamped on the tang (base) of the master blade. I can’t see from you pictures if one exists on the knife. From the “Oil the joints” stamp and the shape of the can opener my guess is it was made by George Wostenholm. The firm was located in Sheffield, England.

Someone here may be able to positively identify it. Meanwhile check for any marks stamped on the blades.
Stamped on the handle side: "M.Slater"
Thanks Ray. I saw that but it didn’t register at the time in my feeble mind that it might be the maker. Is “M. Slater” the same as ”Slater Bros. Sheffield” or “H.M. Slater LTD. Sheffield”?

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Re: What’s this knife

Post by knife7knut » Mon Feb 15, 2021 4:09 am

Mumbleypeg wrote:
Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:00 am

Thanks Ray. I saw that but it didn’t register at the time in my feeble mind that it might be the maker. Is “M. Slater” the same as ”Slater Bros. Sheffield” or “H.M. Slater LTD. Sheffield”?

Ken
I believe the H.M.Slater is the earliest iteration of that mark;followed by Slater Bros. and then M.Slater.Goins doesn't define it but I think they are all the same company.
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Re: What’s this knife

Post by Nephilim » Tue Feb 16, 2021 8:34 am

That pattern of knife was intended for issue in Southeast Asia and was nicknamed the Burma Knife. That particular model was only made in 1944 and 45, by a variety of manufacturers. I have one by Sheffield Steel Products and I've seen them by Joseph Rodgers and others. The scales are made of aluminum and the blades are stainless steel. In my experience, these things are built like tanks. They're the basis for a similar post-war model that was made from the 1950s until the 2000s, but with different shaped scales and a modern can opener. You'll find some good info on British military knives in the eponymous thread on this forum.

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