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Western 221 survival knife

Posted: Mon May 13, 2024 11:27 pm
by Felanmac
Hello. Anybody have one of these knives? I hear they were only produced in 1986 in a response to the “Rambo” craze. I just got my first one and am impressed with the fit and finish. Mine is the Camo version. I can not find much info on these other than that years catalog. Thank you all in advance!

Re: Western 221 survival knife

Posted: Tue May 14, 2024 12:38 am
by zzyzzogeton
They only show up in the 1986 catalog, but they were made as early as 1985 - yours has an "I" date code, which is 1985. I have seen them with "I" and "J" date codes (1985 and 1986). Steel was Western's 1095CV, which was excellent.

Western and Coleman-Western did not publish catalogs every year as some cutlery companies did (Camillus was nearly annual), so fortunately we have date code letters to guide us for 1977 to 1992.

Re: Western 221 survival knife

Posted: Tue May 14, 2024 12:40 am
by New_Windsor_NY
Felanmac wrote: Mon May 13, 2024 11:27 pm Hello.....
Here's another one.
viewtopic.php?p=1095303#p1095303

Re: Western 221 survival knife

Posted: Tue May 14, 2024 3:10 pm
by Felanmac
Thank you folks for the information! This forum is amazing!