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 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″ / 26.8 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; the blade looks unused; some very minor sharpening near the tip is noted for accuracy. Ricasso is sharply stamped CAMILLUS / N.Y. on one side. Stacked leather washers handle with iron guard and hammer-like pommel; the handle is solid; all parts are tight with no play. Original early “marble’s style” all-leather scabbard with the tie-down tip and honing stone in the pocket looks unused. Unfortunately the early-production scabbards had cheap iron rivets which resulted in leather rotting away at the smallest amount of rust – later issued had brass rivets. This early-issue scabbard has the leather around the stone pocket snap affected by such rot and the keeper went MIA – see photos. In spite of this damage the scabbard is in excellent overall condition, considering the age – the leather is soft and supple still; all original stitching and rivets are intact, The missing keeper is could be professionally repaired/replaced. The original circa 1950th CARBORUNDUM honing stone is included in the front pocket. 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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