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Help identifying old knife

chopper_man

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Hey all,

Out cleaning out the garage today and ran across of a bunch of my old stuff from when I was in the military. In all the goodies I found an old Scharade knife I haven't seen on 30+ years! It is an auomatic, 7-8" long. 100% metal, even the handle. Works perfectly!

One side of the blade has GEO.SCHARADE BRIDGEPORT CONN
Other side has PRESTO MADE IN U.S.A

I've done a bunch of internet searches and it appears to be a WW2 Paratrooper knife. What's puzzling me is the descriptions online say it has a patent number or even pat pending, mine does not which I may be mistakenly assuming means pre-partern?

Does anyone have any further information on it?

What's the best way to clean it? I understand you shouldn't use metal cleaners or polishes on them (especially if they are valuable). I'm thinking just a general purpose solvent and a soft cloth. Light lube after?

Some of the valuations I'm seeing is anywhere from 350-600$ but those all have the patent marks so no clue on this one!

Thanks!
-Brian

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Very nice find. I’ve had good luck cleaning active rust on a blade with SOS steel wool pads. The soap in the pads neutralizes the rust. keep it away from the handle as it may scratch it. dish soap and hot water and dry thoroughly. Don’t try to remove the patina. Oil the joint.
 
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