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nl Offline Agamemnon

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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #840 on: September 03, 2023, 11:47:34 AM
 :hatsoff: :hatsoff:
Well done EMZ. Looking good again! - I can see that my collection is not yet complete.
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The KL95 from Fosco is the only knife from the M52 and M61 series that does not have a carrying eye. The quality of Fosco's knives was not up to par and was therefore not used for long. The main problem with knives was consistency; all knives looked different. The back springs don't go all the way back into the blade when it's closed; the notch for the nail are not equal.
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These knives were lost all the time – they were thrown away (even in ditches). So, there aren't that many of them left.  :whistle:

Very shortly after issue, the contract was cancelled and the knives were taken back and destroyed. The knife was only issued in 1995.

There are two versions of the KL95 from Fosco: an aluminium (alox) version (1st version) and the stainless steel version (2nd version). The stainless steel Fosco KL 95 is a derivative of the US MIL-K-818-D.
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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #841 on: September 03, 2023, 12:46:12 PM
   Great information from everyone.  I had one of the military stainless types made by Camillus.  Carrying it was just like having a rock in your pocket.  Very much like my old Camillus Cub Scout knife, except heavier.  Some great photos, too.  Best wishes.  Gary


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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #842 on: September 04, 2023, 05:26:55 PM
I enjoy this thread.  I've always had a special place in my heart for military knives of any nation.
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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #843 on: September 14, 2023, 03:26:19 PM
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My latest acquisition: a Victorinox SwissTool Spirit X

This “Spirit” was a 'farewell gift' when the Soesterberg air base was closed in 2008.

Soesterberg Air Base was a military airfield near Soesterberg, between Utrecht and Amersfoort. The airport was the cradle of military aviation in the Netherlands; In 1913, the army's Aviation Department (LVA) made its first flights here. Due to defense cuts, the base was shut down and closed in November 2008.

End as an air base
The dissolution ceremony of the base was on November 12, 2008. The remaining flying squadrons were transferred to Gilze-Rijen air base and the 932 Squadron returned to Gilze-Rijen as a Logistics Squadron. The remaining support squadrons have been disbanded.

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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #844 on: September 14, 2023, 06:06:03 PM
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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #845 on: September 14, 2023, 06:54:32 PM
:hatsoff: :hatsoff:

My latest acquisition: a Victorinox SwissTool Spirit X

This “Spirit” was a 'farewell gift' when the Soesterberg air base was closed in 2008.

Soesterberg Air Base was a military airfield near Soesterberg, between Utrecht and Amersfoort. The airport was the cradle of military aviation in the Netherlands; In 1913, the army's Aviation Department (LVA) made its first flights here. Due to defense cuts, the base was shut down and closed in November 2008.

End as an air base
The dissolution ceremony of the base was on November 12, 2008. The remaining flying squadrons were transferred to Gilze-Rijen air base and the 932 Squadron returned to Gilze-Rijen as a Logistics Squadron. The remaining support squadrons have been disbanded.

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Awesome!
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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #846 on: September 15, 2023, 08:11:34 AM
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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #847 on: September 15, 2023, 10:34:37 AM
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Loads of UK military bases closed after the end of the Cold War as well. Most turned into housing estates.
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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #848 on: November 02, 2023, 08:18:24 PM
I hope I won’t regret it, but this weekend I decided to accept the quote for the blade replacement I got from Victorinox (€18, which is about $19.50). Today I shipped it, together with two other SAKs that I’m turning in for repair.

I realize that I’ll probably get it back with a modern tang stamped blade, but I’d rather have a complete but modern blade than this snapped off no-blade-at-all, it looks a bit sad this way. I just prey this thing doesn’t get lost in the mail between here and Switzerland  :ahhh

I packed the SAK very well, actually I think I never packed one so well with four crosswise layers of tape and multiple address labels inside the parcel and attached to the SAK as well  :D

Today I got the knife back from Victorinox. I must say I am very happy with the result and glad I decided to send it in for repair. Here are some pictures.







Looking at the tang stamp they even fitted a 1950's main blade and not a current generation blade  :like:
I really appreciate Victorinox made that much effort!  :hatsoff:

I am not exactly sure in which years these alox Master Craftsmen were issued, but looking at the tang stamp of the original blade that was in it, the blade they replaced it with might even be a bit older than the original one.



This is the original blade, which indicates that the alox Master Craftsman was issued between 1957 and 1973.

The blade they replaced it with is from 1952 - 1957.

But again: I am really glad they didn't put a newer generation blade in it :)
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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #849 on: November 02, 2023, 08:26:39 PM
   Absolutely fabulous.  How could it be any better?  Now you never have to show it and say, "Yes it is rare.  Too bad the blade is broken off."  Congratulations to the craftsmen at Victorinox.  They did it right.  Best wishes.  Gary (IMR)
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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #850 on: November 02, 2023, 08:28:36 PM
   Absolutely fabulous.  How could it be any better?  Now you never have to show it and say, "Yes it is rare.  Too bad the blade is broken off."  Congratulations to the craftsmen at Victorinox.  They did it right.  Best wishes.  Gary (IMR)
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I bet the knife was repaired by a Master Craftsman  :whistle:
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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #851 on: November 02, 2023, 10:13:57 PM
Fabulous repair, Fiddy83 - I think it looks outstanding - you must be happy with that repair!  :like: :like: :drool: :cheers: :drink:


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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #852 on: November 03, 2023, 02:11:21 AM
So happy for you GFiddy!!!!  I was hoping so much for this outcome for you!
Rest in peace ColoSwiss, you will always be remembered.


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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #853 on: November 03, 2023, 11:24:43 AM
Thanks all  :hatsoff: :cheers:
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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #854 on: November 03, 2023, 12:14:00 PM
That's fantastic glenfiddich.  So glad to see Vic doing such a good job.  :hatsoff:
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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #855 on: November 03, 2023, 02:22:24 PM
Absolutely fantastic!  Congratulations on this successful outcome. What a special knife!

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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #856 on: November 04, 2023, 12:51:08 AM
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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #857 on: November 08, 2023, 08:28:41 PM
What an exceptional service from Victorinox. Amazing result!
And what a wise decision to send the knife for repair to Switzerland. Well done!


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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #858 on: November 09, 2023, 09:21:48 PM
Thanks all, still very happy with this outcome, couldn’t have been better!  8)
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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #859 on: January 21, 2024, 03:41:18 PM
This weekend I received this Dutch Air Force climber  :climber:

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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #860 on: January 21, 2024, 04:59:33 PM
Nice stuff, glenfiddich1983!  :cheers:


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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #861 on: January 21, 2024, 06:03:57 PM
Very cool SAK Glenfiddich!


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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #862 on: January 21, 2024, 06:44:13 PM
Awesome addition! Congrats!  :like:
Rest in peace ColoSwiss, you will always be remembered.


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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #863 on: January 22, 2024, 02:37:47 PM
 :hatsoff: Congrats Glenfiddich. We just had to drink a whiskey to our collection.
My RNAF is a little different, I am still looking for this one. :hatsoff:
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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #864 on: January 22, 2024, 05:37:16 PM
:hatsoff: Congrats Glenfiddich. We just had to drink a whiskey to our collection.
My RNAF is a little different, I am still looking for this one. :hatsoff:

Thanks  :cheers:

The seller on Marktplaats that I bought mine from still didn’t remove the ad, maybe he had more than one for sale?
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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #865 on: January 23, 2024, 11:54:11 PM
Great catch!!!
Does these RNLAF knives have the swiss cross on the other side?


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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #866 on: January 24, 2024, 10:30:06 AM
Great catch!!!
Does these RNLAF knives have the swiss cross on the other side?

No, the other side is blank.
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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #867 on: March 02, 2024, 12:49:50 PM
This pocket knife was given to me by one of my best co-worker as a gift for my retirement. Yep, I'm now officially a pensionado. In the 1980's he was a former member of the Multinational Force & Observers (as a conscript soldier doing radio comms).
These knives were given as a souvenir to the MFO personel. Great gift!! Thanks Manfred!

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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #868 on: March 02, 2024, 12:55:35 PM
And finally I managed to get a Leatherman MUT EOD for a fair price. These multitools are standard equipment for certified Dutch military bomb disposal personel.
(Yeah, I got the coin also as a gift for my retirement from another co-worker and good friend.  :salute:)

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Re: Dutch Army Knives
Reply #869 on: March 02, 2024, 09:50:45 PM
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