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4 years 3 weeks ago, 10:14 AM

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Fact or Fiction

I have a 'Nam' blade which is a Gerber combat dagger with the grey handle.
I was thinking about selling it so just like a Winchester I ran the numbers and sure enough it came up as a 1974.
It has ground in dirt and the blade is burnt.
The geek I got it from was in Vietnam, he had very rich parents and he served his country very proudly as PFC laundry detail for staff.....lol
I doubt he ever left the base, the only jungle he was in, was out on R&R and the only 'action' he saw was from a pillbox on his rotation for guard duty.
So why does this knife look like it has been to hell and back?
Like it might of protected its owner and spilled blood.(and taken a trophy or two)
Well it's all about the date, which took quite some time to register in my brain.

Friggin Hollywood and friggin SLY- better referred to as RAMBO
Just had to wrap a rag soaked in some kind of fuel on the blade and then stick the knife overhead for your own torch.
Kinda dumb considering a blob of C-4 worked just as good and was easier to find than a combustible liquid.
Yup, good ol First Blood
So knowing this. I guess I should should find that 16 inch polisher and bring this 'hand ground'
blade back to perfection and list it as old perfection amongst my other Gerbers.
Or should I glorify it for a sale.

Now I did list it in my local and I got yarned on by some computer geek that said the war was over in '74. But I believe the last flag to leave Saigon was 1975 (besides no computer is going to explain about Laos and Cambodian campaigns anyways...oops)

4 years 3 weeks ago, 11:15 AM

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March of '73.
In '74 the death toll of Americans was somewhere around 170. Obviously we'd left a few advisors but the war, to win it or lose it was in the hands of the S. Vietnamese, they lost.
Since the knife is dated '74 the chances of it being used in combat is extremely slim. Not a good chance it even got "in country".

iyaoyas
4 years 3 weeks ago, 11:42 AM

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nightfire

there are a million oddities out there,if your acquaintance claims he used it overseas id brand that a falsehood and sell it as just a military knife or keep it.i saw for sale a few years ago vietnam era m7 bayonets with a hole for the scabbard wire cutter,no scabbard,but uncle sam had either had some made way back then,or more probably was testing a possible retrofit of existing equipment.

CRY HAVOC and let slip the dogs of war!
4 years 3 weeks ago, 12:13 PM

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Probably so

not to many knives have serial numbers so I am not going to argue its manufacture date, but the grey handle was the catcher because right after this run of blades the handles went orange.
Which unfortunately are even rarer.
I also think the scabbard is worth more than the knife because the dagger has a center ridge without any blood groove so only one scabbard fits and not that well(M-10 which is on it)
I'm sure it'll shine up nicely.
Speaking of nice, check out the value of those 'Hobo' Case knives, Holy Sh*t

4 years 2 weeks ago, 12:00 AM

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night fire..

welcome to the site..

a man has to hold his word, hold his beliefs, and hold a good sight picture.

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