Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: The Aussie Bush
I like these neat little knives too. For several years I accumulated them because they varied so much and they were well made. The inscriptions often found on the scabbards are interesting too.
Your latest two examples belong firmly in your second group, even though the hilts are a "throw back" to an earlier style. The looping around of the lower part of the hilt to protect the fingers is not traditional, and dates from the mid-1940s as far as I know. I would put both of them as mid-20th C. in manufacture.