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Found in a safe
« on: December 21, 2013, 10:38:05 AM »
My brother has had the old safe from our grandfathers store sitting in a shed in his backyard for many years, thought it was empty, well he found the combination to it and opened it, there was a old gas mask bag full of knives that when our dad put them in there were like new, look what time and weather changes has done to them.


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Re: Found in a safe
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2013, 12:21:53 PM »
I'm told these are US WWII COMBAT KNIFE CATTARAUGUS 225Q not sure if that's the maker or just what they were called?

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Re: Found in a safe
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2013, 01:41:39 PM »

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Re: Found in a safe
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2013, 12:37:49 AM »
Clean and oil those Babies up!  ;)

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Re: Found in a safe
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2013, 08:44:07 PM »
Wow.....time marches on, even when locked up tight.....
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Re: Found in a safe
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2013, 11:02:27 AM »
I think the major cause of this was the canvas gas mask bag knives were stored in! it had to attract moisture big time. It was a tattered rotted mess.
« Last Edit: January 20, 2014, 09:38:22 AM by Tom-ADC »

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Re: Found in a safe
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2014, 10:21:37 PM »
What a sad sight but.  It's always neat to see things about or come from where I live. 
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Re: Found in a safe
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2014, 10:46:07 AM »
Been working on a few of these, I cleaned the blades with rubbing compound and a buffing wheel, the handles are still a work in progress.The sheath was made by our own Mike116, I have a order in for two more.


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Re: Found in a safe
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2014, 07:38:00 PM »
Last one in work seated the washer today.
I should have remembered the more you do something the better you get at it, thus I should have started with the worst blade and finished with the best, not that any of them were that good.

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Re: Found in a safe
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2014, 09:23:37 AM »
New sheathes are back and are left-handed!! And my hats off to our very own Mike116 for making these for me. )l_


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Re: Found in a safe
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2014, 07:10:36 PM »
Wow....knives AND sheaths look great, Tom!
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Re: Found in a safe
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2014, 04:07:53 AM »
Got to be careful with safes designed to protect paper documents in a fire. These type of safe have hydroscopic material within the walls, designed to keep the humidity at a few % above the local humidity. Objects prone to rust will be damaged in short order

We recently saw this at our gun club. A member bought a document safe at an office supply store and loaded it with his pistol collection. Upon opening it some months later the entire collection was destroyed. Including a couple nice colt pythons....... :'(

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Re: Found in a safe
« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2014, 06:42:56 AM »
This safe was my grandfathers, it used to stay in the store I'd bet it is over 80 years old now.
I did not know that about document safes, good info.

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Re: Found in a safe
« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2014, 08:39:39 AM »
Tang stamping, all three are readable.


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Re: Found in a safe
« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2014, 10:38:08 PM »
Nice restoration and sheaths.  The factory is about 8miles from my headquarters.  They are getting harder to find now a days.
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