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Thread: ESK 10 Survival Kit Knife

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    Lightbulb ESK 10 Survival Kit Knife

    Guys: While thrashing thru my stuff, looking for a Palosch, I found this item. WW 2 USAAF SE Asia survival kit knife. 328 were procured in 1943-44 for this use.

    Cruver Mfg had the contract and Collins made the blades, but Cruver had the facility to mold the grip onto the blade. I have not yet found who made the scabbards.

    This one is as made with the waxed paper and cosmoline wrap on the blade, probably never issued.

    M H Cole though this was some kind of clandestine OSS knife for the Philippines, it is not. For one thing the OSS did not operate in those islands..

    Dale
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    What an interesting piece, I have never heard of such knives. The pommel looks pretty similar to Moro Krises from the Philippines, so the connection would not be entirely out of place. This one is a modern rendition of such arms:



    And one original:



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    Juan; This is why a lot of collectors thought this some kind of super secret OSS Kris Knife! Carter Rila, some years ago found the contract documents and solved the mystery.

    I think even the least bright Japanese soldier, would have noticed that this was not a native made knife, thus rendering the OSS story to the circular file...

    Dale

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    I see... on the other hand, quite a huge knife for a pilot!

    (OK, it is told that Japanese ones carried their wakizashis in their narrow cockpits, but well...)
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    Juan: Carried in a big survival kit in larger aircraft, fighter pilots got the folding type with the metal edge protector, that was part of the parachute pack...

    Dale

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    Ok, that has sense... thanks!
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