This is a discussion on Pal rh 36 within the Edged Weapons forums, part of the Gun Forum category; 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 ...
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.