1975 Blackie Collins designed Smith & Wesson Survival Knife Model 6030 serial #10135.
This knife would have a unique story to tell. I bought it from an auction in Graham, Texas and when I got it the knife appeared to be unused. It had a screw hole through the belt loop like it had been screwed to the side of a cabinet, inside a door or somewhere else and mounted upright so it could be easily accessed but probably never was and could have been forgotten. The brass guard shows a definite patina on the where the strap secured the knife to the sheath. The snap closure on the belt loop has been pulled off which happened frequently when the brass tarnishes. As a carry knife I would forget the snap and secure the belt loop directly to the sheath. The opposite side of the blade has some contamination near the point from being left in the sheath. Otherwise the knife is still exceptional. Would make a great survival knife in a bug out kit, a big game knife or secured inside a closet or cabinet for assured access.
In 1972 Smith and Wesson worked with well-known and innovative knife designer Blackie Collins to introduce the company into the knife business. This program was announced in 1975 and seven knives were initially offered. Called the Survival Series they included a Bowie 6010, Survival 6030, Outdoorsman 6020, Skinner 6070, folding hunter knife 6060, fisherman knife 6050 and a filet knife 6040. The Survival knives (6020 and 6030 had a hollow handle cavity covered by a solid brass screw-on cap. The handle was round and blended into a double quillon cross guard for maximum workability and production. The 5” blade had a wide flat spine and a sharpened false edge. Overall length is 10" with a 5.5" blade and weighed 10 oz.
This model 6030 Survival Knife was manufactured in 1975 the 1st year they were produced and is serial #10135. A great knife and conversation piece.