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Anybody recognize this knife?

Discussion in 'Knives & Other Discussion' started by Joshg, May 6, 2013.

  1. Joshg

    Joshg Portland Member

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    It had a rubber handle and a leather sheath marked explorer. Blade was stamped 440 china. The bottom of the blade was concave and had a round indent near the hilt. It got confinscated on my way back from Iraq and I've been trying to find a replacement. Thanks. image.jpg

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  2. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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  3. Joshg

    Joshg Portland Member

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    Close, but nope. Not unless its an old model. Iv handled a number of those thinking it would be close enough. They aren't. I wish I had a better picture of it.
     
  4. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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  5. Cypress

    Cypress Philomath, OR New Member

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    The finish looks textbook Gerber. They made a dagger called the "Explorer" so that may at least explain the sheath.

    Not sure where the Gerber Explorer was made though.
     
  6. Joshg

    Joshg Portland Member

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    I planned on checking around the knife forums. Just don't have an account yet.
    My bad on the hilt writing btw. Iv been thinking and I think it said "440 stainless Japan" not china. I agree about the sheathe. I doubt it was original to the knife.
     
  7. Cypress

    Cypress Philomath, OR New Member

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    These were the Explorers and their copies here
     
  8. billcoe

    billcoe PDX Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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  9. Joshg

    Joshg Portland Member

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    I have a few mtech knives. The difference being that the knife I had was a damn tank. I put it through a lot and it just kept going. There were more time than I could count that I was sure I just broke it.
     
  10. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    It's a Gerber or a knockoff
     
  11. nwwoodsman

    nwwoodsman Vernonia Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    You can handle an M4 and you got might take a bullet for this country but you'll poke your eye out with that knife. Better hand it over...bassturds.
     
  12. Joshg

    Joshg Portland Member

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    Yeah. Those a$$holes treated us like criminals coming back in.
     
  13. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Same as 1969! Some things never change!
     
  14. NoOne

    NoOne Puget Sound Active Member

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    Looks similar to some of the old Blackjack knife company Dirks.
     
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  15. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Go down to the nearest liquor store, you know.. the one that sells cheap knives, and buy yourself a pint a Jack and then have yourself a good little cry.. of relief.
    That blade looks to be about 7" and a knock-off of the Gerber Mark ll.. a fine design but made of high-speed tool steel that will shatter like glass.
    They are selling good knock-offs (Smith & Wesson) of the 5" Gerber Mark l for $20 down at Sportsman's. You gotta get yer Jack down the corner though.
     
  16. Paul Si

    Paul Si New York New Member

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    I'm sorry to say, but you are all clueless. I recognized the knife the second I laid eyes on it, and it's definitely not a knock off. It's actually a high quality blade I don't think they make anymore. I'm sure you can find one if you look hard enough. They were originally produced in Japan. The only part that's made in china is the sheath. The model of the blade is similar to Double Edged "Navy Seal" Dagger Explorer 11-505. I forget which model that specific one you have was, but I remember seeing that exact one when I purchased mine. The one I have is made by the same maker. Those specific handles are very unique to their brand. They used to sell them in The Sportsman Guide about 18 years ago... The mans not lying, these things can take a beating. Mine still looks like the year I bought it. All I can recall is that specific one was the divers version. Wish I can tell you exactly which model but was so long ago. Sorry bout the quality of the pics, these are really old files I imported from my expired Sony Windows XP. Hope I was helpful. Cheers!


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  17. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    Damn shame about your knife joshg.
    I hope you find a replacement soon.
    I ended up mailing my knife home so some SOB wouldn't have a war story ...
    Here is my service knife it is a Blackjack model 5.
    Andy
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  19. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Well there it is! I still cant find find any for sale!

    To the original OP, someone most likely did a good job regrinding the blade.