In re your topic on WW II knives, may I add the following?
As you may recall, I hail from Gary, Indiana. When I was growing up, having been born in 1927, the only game in town so far as employment was concerned, was the Gary Steel Mills. If men didn’t work in the mills themselves, their jobs were directly related to those enormous producers of steel.
I recall that very early the buildup for WW II young men being drafted or enlisting in the Armed Forces seemed to be always gifted by a knife of one type or another made in the steel mill. These knives were as individual as those who made them. The latter were likely to be friends or relatives of those who recently had donned uniforms.
Some of these knives much more resembled swords than knives. The weight, length, breadth, and edging on each knife amounted to a unique signature. What happened to those knives when they were received by the recipient?
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