Colonial Knife Company Mark 1 Navy Deck Knife with Sheath
From 1941-1945 American sailors opposing the axis powers needed a knife that was versatile, durable and dependable under difficult weather conditions. The Colonial Mark 1 met and exceeded those requirements for tens of thousands of sailors, who came to regard the Colonial
Mark 1 as a trusted and essential all-purpose knife. Our sailors counted on the performance of the Colonial Mark l for everything from survival and rescue operations to risky field situations. A knife you can depend on: In addition to being a essential part of any serious collection,
the Colonial Mark 1 is the ideal all-purpose knife for survival, hunting, camping, and other outdoor sports and adventures.
the Colonial Mark l for everything from survival and rescue operations to risky field situations. A knife you can depend on: In addition to being a essential part of any serious collection, the Colonial Mark 1 is the ideal all-purpose knife for survival, hunting, camping, and other outdoor sports and adventures.
Special Feature: Everything from packaging to blade steel and temper as
established by the Department of Defense in 1942 is adhered to.
•Overall length: 10 5/8"
•Blade length: 5 1/8"
•Blade thickness: .125
•Handle Material: molded TeniteTM
•Weight: 4 oz
•Blade Finish: Black Oxide non reflective
•Blade material: 1075 High carbon Steel
•Sheath. oiled leather
Made in U.S.A.
|Blade Length||5.13 inches|
|Total Length||10.63 inches|
|Knife Type||Fixed Blade|
Colonial Knife Company got its start in 1919 when it's founder, Antonio Paolantonio returned from WWI after serving with the United States Calvary as a Black Smith. Antonio began making knives at 9 Calendar Street in Providence, Rhode Island. Antonio called his new company the "A. Paolantonio Cutlery Company." Antonio's first customers were the jewelry industry. Antonio made knife skeletons and sold the skeletons to the jewelry industry where they would place exotic handles on the knives and re-sell the finished knives to high end men's clothing stores. Over the years the business grew and in 1926 Antonio changed the company name to Colonial Knife Company, Inc.
World War II broke out and Antonio was asked to serve on the War Production Board in Washington, D.C. where he oversaw the allocation of steel to the cutlery industry and research that lead to the only combat knife to use polymers (plastics) for knife handles that offered Navy corpsman and medics the ability to boil the knife to make it sterile.
Over the next 40 years Colonial Knife grew adding over 150 product lines and during the 1960's enjoyed the reputation as the world's largest knife manufacturer.
During the 1970's and into the 1980's Colonial produced collector knives for Smith & Wesson, Colt, Winchester, and the "John Russell Barlow" knives for Russell Harrington Company (Dexter Russell) the "Colonel Coon" knife line along with producing knives for a number of knife manufacturers under private label.
Colonial's current brands include such names as Ranger,Colonial-Prov.USA, Old Cutler, Anvil Brand, Coyote, Master Series, Swiss Master, BackCountry, Solder Tec, Hurricane, GSA government Knives, auto knives, Hand Crafted Series and Barlow.
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This is a really nice piece of history in the form of a WW-II mil-spec Navy issue Deck Knife. The best part about it is it is made in USA to the exact specs that it was originally ordered by the USN. The leather sheath is top grade leather too. If you like tactical gear, you will love this.
I have my father's original knife and comparing the original to the replica, there is some work to be done for the replica to come closer to what was made during WW II. The replica blade is thinner, the total knife weight is about half the weight of the original and the handle does not have as deep of grooves in it as the original. The original sheath is black versus the replica is brown leather.
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