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    Posted 3 years ago

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    I have seen similar pieces like this but this one has a full size fork and spoon. In photo #2 an actual full size fork. It is not a salad fork but a dinner fork so as can seen full size. Same for the spoon although I was lazy and didn't use a spoon. The knife blade is a typical knife blade for a pocket knife of this size. Probably a bit better than the typical dinner knife. And if you are camping the meat is probably steak which is the easiest meat to cook and the knife blade will work well as a steak knife.
    There are 5 other tools, there is a flat head screwdriver, corkscrew, scissors, bottle/can opener and pointy thing. The pointy thing blade is on most pocket knives. This one seems to have many useful features plus it looks nice.

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    1. Toyrebel Toyrebel, 3 years ago
      I had one similar in the Scouts. It was a long time ago, but I think it was Japan made also. It was impracticable to hold the thing with the spoon and fork folded to use the saw blade etc. It weighed a ton too.
    2. UncleRon UncleRon, 3 years ago
      This is one of the things that the US ordered and bought from Japan after the war to help re-build their manufacturing infrastructure. Your knife is, I believe, the largest of a line of similarly constructed folders that includes eight or ten different sizes and tool combinations. It originally had a leather belt holster, complete with chromed studs.
      The metal on these knives appears to have been stamped from whatever scrap steel was lying around and the fit & finish would never be acceptable today. Some of the tools, notably the scissors are somewhat less than serviceable.
      I often thought it would be fun to collect all of them but I never got around to it. Virtually worthless at one time, their value is increasing as time goes on but it would still be possible to acquire quite a few examples at minimal cost relative to vintage American pocket knife prices.
      I often wonder what the Japanese workers, who had a tradition of impeccable craftsmanship, thought of all the cheap tin toys and other crap America ordered from them back when "made in Japan" was synonymous with "junk."
    3. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you very much Toyrebel. I can see how that would make it hard to use. Actually I can feel that as I pick it up and try to use. You have to unfold the fork to use the knife blade.

      Thank you very much Thomas. Yes I think he would have liked it.

      Thank you very much Uncle Ron for all that information. Checking finished auctions. Looks like they are still affordable.
    4. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you
    5. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you hotairfan.
    6. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you
    7. OLECODY OLECODY, 3 years ago
      I have the same knife still use it when camping I love it
    8. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you very much OLECODY. Good you still use it.
    9. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you
    10. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you SEAN68.

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