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Old May 17th, 2016, 06:07 AM   #1
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USN MK1 knife and sheath

Anyone know a source for USN mk 1 sheaths? I'd prefer the hard one over leather.

Also, there's a crack in the black washer near the guard. Has anyone filled this in with some sort of epoxy? The leather handle is tight otherwise.

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Is this the one your looking for...

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You can look for them on Ebay. They do show up by themselves from time to time. They haven't made any new plastic sheaths for the MK1 since WW2.
The plastic is bakelite or something very close to it. I haven't tried to repair the plastic on any of my old knives, but I've used auto body repair kits to fix old bakelite items myself. Just take the time to mix the proper color into the stuff before you add the hardener. You can look up instructions on repairing old bakelite items on the net.
If your MK1 is a PAL 35 version, like the one in the photo, The spacer in that one isn't plastic. It's a fiber spacer. They are known to crack with age. Epoxy might work on it, but I still don't have any first hand experience with it.


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Yes that's the exact one I'm looking for.

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You can look for them on Ebay. They do show up by themselves from time to time. They haven't made any new plastic sheaths for the MK1 since WW2.
The plastic is bakelite or something very close to it. I haven't tried to repair the plastic on any of my old knives, but I've used auto body repair kits to fix old bakelite items myself. Just take the time to mix the proper color into the stuff before you add the hardener. You can look up instructions on repairing old bakelite items on the net.
If your MK1 is a PAL 35 version, like the one in the photo, The spacer in that one isn't plastic. It's a fiber spacer. They are known to crack with age. Epoxy might work on it, but I still don't have any first hand experience with it.
It is a Pal 35. I was thinking epoxy to fill it in and keep it from cracking further.

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If I was inclined to make such a repair I'd be looking towards epoxy also.
For other similar things I'd encourage you to add the black to the epoxy.
I've had good luck with the color pigments sold for fiberglass repairs. Also businesses like TAP Plastics usually have a supply of tints.
In the past for coloring black, I had some great results once by just adding some Printers ink to the epoxy before I mixed the two parts together.
Good luck with your project.

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Thanks! I will post pics once I get a chance. This knife needs a little tlc.

The hardest part has been finding a sheath.

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