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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 21:27 pm 
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Apologies for going a little OT as it is almost certainly a postwar example, but I'm interested to know more about a 3rd pat FS I own.

It has a black blade, a black handle and a brown leather sheath with a black metal tip and black elastic retaining strap. The only markings on it are:

VENTURE
H.M.SLATER
SHEFFIELD

I bought it circa 15 years ago from World Wide Arms and from memory the catalogue stated (or suggested) they were ex-British army. I know WWA sell a lot a repro stuff, but the build quality is excellent and both the knife and scabbard have natural looking wear consistent with being carried.

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Well as a picture is worth a thousand words...

Grateful for any input.

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Definitely post-WW2 and I do not believe made for our Armed Forces either. It is IMO a replica-reproduction, as are a number of the items that WWA sell, but still well-made, but sadly not an original piece. Regards, Clive.


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SOE1 wrote:
It is IMO a replica-reproduction, as are a number of the items that WWA sell, but still well-made, but sadly not an original piece


Thanks for your thoughts. I'm not convinced it's a repro in the 'cooked up in India' sense as are a lot of WWA items. I'm fairly familiar with those and it doesn't have that sort of 'feel' to it at all. Also, I've Googled the markings and there are various types of knife out there with those marks + Herbert M. Slater of Sheffield are an old knife making company still in existence with (presumably) copyrighted markings.

My thoughts were that it is a British made FS produced for commercial sale. But why would WWA have had a quantity of them in what appears to be used condition?

Perhaps I'll drop HM Slater a line.

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ive got one 99% like that-alot more worn and a differnet manifactor. i know its been our family over 30 odd years and it did come via the services.
its stammed wilson rogers shefeild england.

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Totally agree Mark about being commercially manufactured, these were never destined for our Military Forces. My guess is that either WWA ordered a number from H.M.Slater, or just bought some of their surplus production Knives. If they are still in business they may be able to offer more information to you. Regards, Clive.


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snowyx2622 wrote:
ive got one 99% like that-alot more worn and a differnet manifactor. i know its been our family over 30 odd years and it did come via the services.
its stammed wilson rogers shefeild england.


stamPed William Rogers, Sheffield, England....surely :wink:


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