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)