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Vintage Military

Postby Outlaw Pete » Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:39 am

Hi guys, I’m a fan of the golden era of tactical knives. Mid to late 90s.
One of the best is the C36 and it’s held up well over the past 20+years.
Hoping to add to the stable with a 97 model with the two screw clip soon...

Anyone else got a soft spot for the early Militarys?
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Re: Vintage Military

Postby blues » Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:55 am

I've got a late 90's (3 screw clip, 440V) version that I pulled out just the other day after many years. Somehow it never made it into the carry rotation and is as fresh as the day it was born. I'm going to have to do something about that. The new REX 45 Millie needs a companion.
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Re: Vintage Military

Postby ferider » Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:17 am

Outlaw Pete wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:39 am
Anyone else got a soft spot for the early Militarys?

Yep. Got one for the safe (front) and one for EDC (back), both 440V:

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Hard to see in this pic, but the front one is #010. :)

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Re: Vintage Military

Postby blues » Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:04 pm

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Re: Vintage Military

Postby Capt'n Boatsalot » Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:36 pm

Here's my 440V SE Military with single liner and Dino jimping. It doesn't get carried as often as it's younger (PE) brothers, but I still love it - especially its lighter weight. I also definitely prefer the Dino jimping over the modern type. This is definitely the oldest Spyderco in my collection.

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Re: Vintage Military

Postby vivi » Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:24 pm

Always been a fan. An old 440V single liner Military was the first Spyderco I really fell in love with. The size was just right, and it was incredibly light for how big it is.
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Re: Vintage Military

Postby Outlaw Pete » Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:09 am

Nice examples guys.
Thanks for sharing 👍

Just managed to score a very early one NIB with the two screw clip and the heavy duty jimping on the choil.
One day I hope to score an all black version.
I’m pretty sure these early ones were hand ground too, each blade grind is always a tad different - not perfect from side to side l

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Re: Vintage Military

Postby Archimedes » Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:32 am

I am always on the look out for old Military's.

This is one model that has really stood the test of time.

I have been on the look out for a 2 screw clip model for literally years and always seem to miss them. I am always a day late and a dollar short.

Until this week, when I found a used one for pretty cheap on ebay. Looks a little rough, but I will clean it up and carry it.

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Re: Vintage Military

Postby Outlaw Pete » Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:16 am

Archimedes wrote:
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:32 am
I am always on the look out for old Military's.

This is one model that has really stood the test of time.

I have been on the look out for a 2 screw clip model for literally years and always seem to miss them. I am always a day late and a dollar short.

Until this week, when I found a used one for pretty cheap on ebay. Looks a little rough, but I will clean it up and carry it.
Post a few pics mate when it lands.👍

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Re: Vintage Military

Postby bearrowland » Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:52 am

I am now! I just need to buy one to join my growing collection.
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Re: Vintage Military

Postby Archimedes » Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:41 pm

My 2 screw landed this morning.

A couple of hours of cleaning and getting the corrosion off and she came out very good. I completely disassembled the knife. I had to use naval jelly to get some rust off.

I think the knife was just neglected as it appears to have the factory edge and it is razor sharp. Excellent lock up. All in all a great haul for well under 200 on Ebay!

This one will be in rotation.
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Re: Vintage Military

Postby blues » Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:52 pm

Congrats. Looks like a worthy addition.
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Re: Vintage Military

Postby dtoad » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:31 pm

ME TOO, how bout some 440 love :)

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Re: Vintage Military

Postby Outlaw Pete » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:54 am

Archimedes wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:41 pm
My 2 screw landed this morning.

A couple of hours of cleaning and getting the corrosion off and she came out very good. I completely disassembled the knife. I had to use naval jelly to get some rust off.

I think the knife was just neglected as it appears to have the factory edge and it is razor sharp. Excellent lock up. All in all a great haul for well under 200 on Ebay!

This one will be in rotation.
That one scrubbed up very well. Looks superb.
Great deal too. Hard to find those old two screw clip models for a fair price in decent nick.
I had to return the one I ordered recently. It was in very poor shape.

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Re: Vintage Military

Postby Outlaw Pete » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:57 am

dtoad wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:31 pm
ME TOO, how bout some 440 love :)

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Great pic little collection you have there mate.
440v was and still is a great steel. Unbelievably wear resistant.

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Re: Vintage Military

Postby sal » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:54 am

Hi Pete,

Welcome to our forum. Nice pieces you have there. I designed that model in the '90's.

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Re: Vintage Military

Postby bearfacedkiller » Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:36 am

Man, can the next Military sprint have a big inlay like that? I like it!

Maybe put it on the Maxamet Military? :D
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Re: Vintage Military

Postby Outlaw Pete » Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:31 am

sal wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:54 am
Hi Pete,

Welcome to our forum. Nice pieces you have there. I designed that model in the '90's.

sal
Hi Sal, thanks for dropping in, we have corresponded before. I used to write the odd article for Knives Australia magazine which is now sadly defunct.
You must be especially proud of the Military model, a real cornerstone piece of the 1990s tactical knife explosion.

BTW, I have a soft spot for the old models but I must say that the work you guys are doing now, especially the USA made models , is outstanding. The build quality and refinements are top notch.

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Re: Vintage Military

Postby Outlaw Pete » Fri May 03, 2019 4:49 am

This one finally arrived today. Fully serrated ATS34 model circa 98. BNIB👍
Nicely centred, perfect lock up ( didn’t even need to adjust the eccentric pivot pin) and razor sharp.
This one is like a chainsaw.
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Re: Vintage Military

Postby kwakster » Fri May 03, 2019 1:04 pm

Is there a chance we will see those thicker bladed Military models again ?


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