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Old 08-09-2016, 09:24 AM
Ta2bill Ta2bill is offline
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Thank you Sir.

And you are 100% correct. I have seen many early Model 16 Dive knives in O-1, that look like relics from the 16th century.
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Old 08-10-2016, 07:39 AM
BoBlade BoBlade is offline
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Makes you wonder if Bo made this one from 01 just for grins:

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Old 08-10-2016, 08:48 AM
Ta2bill Ta2bill is offline
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I believe that one has provenance as being found in an old tackle box here in Florida!
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Old 08-10-2016, 10:24 AM
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Ron/Bill, that surely doesn't look much like stainless ... though stainless steel of the late '38-'45 time period may not have been high quality. Even the "patina" color of the blade looks more like old car-spring steel (carbon), though the handle still looks like it has some bright areas. I think only a destructive metallurgy test would tell though...
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Old 08-10-2016, 02:09 PM
Ta2bill Ta2bill is offline
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One thing that we know for sure is the quality of stainless steel was not what we know of it today!

When Bo requested sample bars of 3/4" stainless steel from Carpenter Steel Company in Reading, PA. in Oct. 1938, they granted his request with two samples: number 2 (type 420) and number 2-B (type 440). The 440 Stainless would crumble to pieces when heated and hammered, and rendered itself useless for knifemaking. The number 2 type 420 with 30% carbon and 13% chromium appeared best in all aspects of forging and grinding. That sample bar was sufficient to made 4 knives, which were all sold to friends in Orlando that December.

Fast forward to present day. When you think of a stainless steel knife blade today, the first thing that comes to mind is 440 B or C material, but that wasn't the case in the 1930's!

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