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Any experts on how to tell if a PAL RH 36 is authentic? I know there are a lot of fakes out there. I Picked one up today at a gun shop for $15. One of those it is "to good to be true" finds. However the quality of this even if it is a replica is worth more than what I Paid.
First pictures required. Good in focus close ups of the markings on the knife. The knife overall. The pommel of the knife showing how it's attached to the tang.
A lot of these knives were made. Does sound like your in a can't really lose way with this knife. Did it come with the sheath?
The quality of the knife is par with GI. I have been interested in blades since I was a kid. Took my thumb to the bone when I was 4 or 5 cutting a nock into an arrow with a knife my uncle made. Grandma was not happy with me! Neither was Grandpa, I got blood all over his shop! I wasn't smart enough to be scared off! Been collecting quality blades for years. Anyhow, I have a bit of experience with blades and know I got far more than my $15 bucks worth. But I do not know diddly squat about how to tell a real RH 36 from a good fake.
IMHO the knife is a genuine PAL 36. Itís a little hard to say that the knife was WW2 production or possibly a post war knife. The U.S. Government bought a lot of knives at the beginning of the war because they just didnít have enough. These PAL 36 and 35ís were knives that were bought under the description of ďhunting knifeĒ. They bought knives from a lot of companies and PAL was one of the Biggest suppliers. The bright finished version like what you have was the most popular and they also made it with a parkerized finish too. If I can take anything from the sheath, ( and you usually canít say when a knife got matched with a specific sheath ), Iíd say that itís likely a WW2 knife. The sheath is one of the correct version for the war time production of this knife.
Itís kind of funny, (to me), that these knives donít have more information out there about them. It was a very popular knife. Early in the war many of them were issued, mostly to members of the Army, and afterwards were available as a private purchase item. PAL did get out of the knife business in the early 50ís and concentrated on making razor blades afterwards. They may even still be around today, I donít know.
Hi Please any experts on PAL RH 36. is This authentic?
I just bought it but the grip is different from the ones I have seen but I mean the grip looks really well made is just that is different, why is that?
You can figure that the blade is about 70 years old, and it didn't just sit in a drawer all that time. It's been used, but I wouldn't say abused either.
The The blades shape has changed a little over the years, I'd say mostly from repeated sharpening. The guard on the knife looks to be original.
IMHO I believe the handle was replaced probably sometime in the last thirty years or so, maybe more recent than that.
As far as collectability the PAL 36 isn't really rare, although any knife thats become that old gets harder to find in NIB condition.
With the handle change I wouldn't expect much interest from Military Knife collectors specifically. It's not hard to find a worn PAL 36 with the original handle for less than $50.
On the one hand the replaced handle won't really add to the knifes value. On the other hand the new handle is an upgrade in the knifes overall durability.
PAL made good quality knives. This knife could very well be around for a very long time yet doing what most people want a good knife for.
Some people will just see it as a knife and some will appreciate where it came from.