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That Baby Shark with the lanyard hole -- is that guard aluminum rather than steel? In the picture, the guard appears thicker than a typical steel guard.
True factory drilled lanyard holes on the Baby Shark are seldom seen. How about some close up pics of the stamp and pommel, please. I can't get a good read on the stamp in the pic of the 3rd line when I enlarge the pic. I can see the "Pat", but not the rest. Is it a string of numers or is it "Made in USA"?
zzyzzogeton wrote:The "Made in the USA" indicates it was made AFTER WW2.
Very few of the wartime G46-5s had lanyard holes. I suspect that the few running around were part of a special order that requested lanyard holes. None of the wartime Westerns had aluminum guards and the aluminum pommels on 46-5s transitioned to a brown swirl plastic.
Western (and all the other knife manufacturers) put everything they had after the war was over and they were left holding the bag on runs in production into civilian sales.
The G46-5s and G46-6s of the early 1950s had brass guards. Brass was a little slower in being released for civilian products than aluminum, so
I would say that your son's knife is a 1946 to 1949 version. Long enough after August 1945 that aluminum had become available again, but not before Western ran out of pre-drilled G46-6 pommels.
It is a rare bird.
zzyzzogeton wrote:OK - Steel guard, Made in the USA stamp = late 1940s for sure, scarce but not "rare". The factory lanyard hole is what makes that one a rare one.
Does he have the original sheaths? Curious the see what came with them (if any did).
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