When bad things happen to good knives WWII PAL RH 36


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ApacheCoTodd
November 21, 2012, 12:49 AM
It's pretty obvious which one suffered the abuse in an attempt to customize but some folk would bend the hilts to try to tighten up otherwise loose washers as well, so there's that.
I've always loved the size of these - somewhere between an almost dainty Mark 1 and the unfortunately dimensioned (my opinion) Mark 2.

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rcmodel
November 21, 2012, 12:56 AM
Gosh!
Not only did they bend it bad.

They bent it bad the wrong way for even a half-way decent thumb rest!


On the other hand, that might be the very knife Maj. George S. Patten used to stab Benito Mussolini in the skull bone twice during a craps game in back of the Red Rose Mens Social club in Washington, D.C. in 1932?

Unfortunately it failed to kill him because the guard bent on his slicked back hair.

Never mind!
Thats probably not what happened to it.

My mind wanders sometimes!

rc

ApacheCoTodd
November 21, 2012, 01:19 AM
That's funny as hell that I didn't notice that. I've seen several with both bent forward and didn't think about how annoying this would be. Again though, I bought it mostly for the washers.

rcmodel
November 21, 2012, 01:24 AM
Hey!

You can make washers.
See a shoe shop guy and buy hard leather shoe soles and cut them out.

I'd just take that one apart and straighten the guard if it was mine.

You can throw one more washer in it to tighten it up, then sand it down to match the rest of the handle on a fine belt sander.

rc

ApacheCoTodd
November 21, 2012, 01:37 AM
That's a good idea as I'll have it apart either way. Guess I'll look again to see how badly my man poohed up that false edge tomorrow.

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