RH PAL 36 World War II Army Issue COMBAT KNIFE!
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Sold Date: 11/24/2008
Channel: Online Auction
VINTAGE RH PAL 36 WW-II U.S. ARMY COMBAT KNIFE!11" Overall. 6" Bowie-type Blade. Stacked Leather Handle with hard rubber or plastic spacers at each end. Steel Handguard. Aluminum Pommel. Blade is mostly full and in Good condition, with sharpening and file marks and also some bumps on the top, or spine, w someone used the back of the blade to tap on the edge os something! Handguard or Hilt is tight and also in Good condition! Hard spacers are tight and free of any cracks or breaks! Stacked leather handle is solid, full, tight, and the only injury I found is about a quarter-inch long, shallow divot in one of the leather discs that makes up the stack, on the top of the handle! Aluminum Pommel is solid, full and shows only light wear! T is just a "hint" of looseness in the Pommel, but it is so minute that I can't really see it move. I can only feel it with a light touch, when I jiggle it with my fingers. It is probably just the result of some drying out of the leather discs, and can, for all practical purposes be considered as tight. This is a real piece of World War II History! My apologies to my much appreciated international bidders, but these knife auctions will be only to U.S. bidders. T are just too many restrictions and regulations involved with the international selling and shipping of knives. You can thank your elected leaders, who neither respect nor trust you, for this situation. SHORT KNIFE HISTORY: Pal had been a trademark of the Utica Knife and Razor Company of Utica, New York since 1924. It was put on knives made in, and stamped, Germany. The Pal Blade Company of Chicago, Illinois, was started in 1934, by Otto E. Kraus. In 1935, perhaps seeing the writing on the wall as it applied to the future of trade with Germany, the two firms merged to become the Pal Blade Company and began manufacturing knives and blades in Plattsburg, New York. By 1939, seeing the likelihood that the U.S. would soon be at war, Remington Arms Company decided to sell off its entire knife manufacturing division, brooms to buildings, and dedicate the proceeds to increasing the capacities of its more profitable arms and munitions operations. In 1940, the Pal Blade Company bought everything to do with cutting tools that Remington had for sale, from brooms to buildings. Pal acquired not only the Holyoak, Massachusetts factory, but also Remington's complete inventory of machinery, tooling, dies, and vast stocks of knife blades and parts, already stamped with Remington's model or pattern designations. These were all part of the long proven Remington Hunter series, hence the letter designation RH. Also, Remington had sorted its patterns by number: pattern 35, pattern 36, etc., which designated different lengths, thicknesses, and styles of blades. When war came, and Uncle Sam showed up at Pal's door, with checkbook in hand, and a desire to equip the various military branches with fighting knives, Pal wisely just added the PAL name to the products Remington had already perfected and manufactured, including the huge number of already finished blades. About all Pal had to do was offer some of their stock and future production in the Parkerized (phosphatized) finish that the military wanted. The Army chose the Remington Hunter series Pattern 36, which stands for Knife Pattern or Style 3, with a 6" blade. Hence the marking RH PAL 36, with MADE IN USA under PAL; and the Navy chose the series Pattern 35, which is the Knife Pattern 3, with a thinner, lighter 5" blade, and with its proper pattern markings. These knives were also available for individual purchase on military bases and posts. This is why it is not uncommon to find cross-branch ownership, and confusion as to what types of knives were "issued" in various branches of the service. For example, while the RH PAL 36 was officially an Army-issue knife, many were also owned and carried by members of the Navy,...
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