Appendices

APPENDIX 1: Joseph Rodgers “Military Knives” patterns The following is a screen-snip taken from the Joseph Rodgers & Sons catalog circa early 1900s (page 55) showing the three knives that are…

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Context & Footnotes

CONTEXT For me, understanding the context surrounding the evolution of a knife pattern or style, where possible, adds to the enjoyment of ownership. In regard to the OSS/SOE Escape Knife,…

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Visual Summary

VISUAL SUMMARY OF THE FULL SET OF KNOWN EXAMPLES The following is a depiction of my contrarian history of the evolution of OSS/SOE Escape knife based on the currently available…

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Conclusions

CONCLUSIONS This Collector Note describes my opinion regarding the evolution of the OSS/SOE Escape Knife from its beginnings as a private-purchase “Military Wire Cutter knife” manufactured by Joseph Rodgers in…

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Loose Ends

LOOSE ENDS There are other knives that I am aware of that possibly have some valid connection to this OSS/SOE Escape Knife evolution narrative, but which are not part of the mainstream, as follows:…

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Phase 4

Phase 4: Post WWII – 1950s. 1. Joseph Rodgers & Sons “All-Purpose” Knife. In an article “Makers of SOE Knives revealed”[14] by Ron Flook in September 2012 edition of Knife World (page. 29),…

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Phase 3

Phase 3: the OSS/SOE Escape Knife (known officially as the “ALL-PURPOSE” KNIFE), circa 1942 – 1945 There has been much speculation regarding how the design of the OSS/SOE Escape Knife…

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Phase 2

Phase 2: probably circa 1930’s – Joseph Rodgers & Sons. Third variant: as defined in the Moyses’ article – and herein referred to by me as the “sawblade” version. I suggest that the variations,…

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Phase 1

Phase 1: Early 20th Century – Joseph Rodgers “Military Knife P.1633.” This was a commercial production knife made by Joseph Rodgers in their factory at No.6 Norfolk St. Sheffield and was…

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The whole shebang

INTRODUCTION TO THIS EDITION 1. This Edition 1 updates the previous draft Version 1.B to include details of my recently acquired original “flat-latch” version of the Joseph Rodgers “Military Knife…

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