Rare early Vietnam War era 6-inch Jet Pilot Knife with original scabbard & honing stone included; manufactured in the late 1950th by Camillus Cutlery in Camillus, New York. These original 1st model Jet Pilot Knives with 6-inch blades and the “screw-on” undated hexagon pommels for were manufactured for just a couple of years from 1958 to 1959. More information about the legendary American Jet Pilot Knives – aka the “aircrew survival knife” could be found on this dedicated Wikipedia page.
The knife is about 10-1/2″ / 26.7 cm overall; parkerized blade is about 6″ /15.2 cm; the edge is razor-sharp still; the tip is intact. The saw teeth on the blade’s spine are intact as well. Ricasso is sharply stamped CAMILLUS / N.Y. on one side. Stacked leather washers handle with iron guard and pommel; the handle is solid; all parts are tight with no play. Original all-leather scabbard with the tie-down tip and honing stone in the pocket shows its age; the leather around the keeper’s snap and stone pocket rivets has been affected by jungle rot – see photos. In spite of this damage the scabbard is in pretty good overall condition, considering the age – the leather is soft and supple still; all original stitching and rivets are intact. The original 1950th CARBORUNDUM honing stone is included in the front pocket; it’s slightly used, no major issues. This early Vietnam War Camillus 6-inch Jet Pilot Knife will make an excellent addition to any collection of military blades.
This attractive early Vietnam War Camillus 6-inch Jet Pilot Knife with original all-leather scabbard has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it’s in 100% original “as is” condition; these are the actual photos. I have a few more Vietnam War era knives and bayonets, as well as some American, British, Commonwealth, and German WW2 era combat knives and bayonets and several scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers / trench knives – please take a look in the Militaria section.
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