Garcia Survival Knife Made in Brazil (see original price tag: $21.00)
The Garcia was a copy of the Hackman Survival Knife that was developed in response to a shortage of Randall 18 knives for the Vietnam War in the late 60’s early 70’s. The Hackman Survival Knife was designed by Ken Warner and Pete Dickey and produced in Finland. The Garcia came out after the Hackman stopped production and was shaped the same but it was a lighter knife with a 3/16th thick stainless steel blade instead of Hackman’s ¼” thick blade. It was made in Brazil and featured a survival kit in the sheath with a whistle, compass, sharpening stone and flint sparker. Like the Randall 18, the handle was hollow, watertight and had space to store additional survival items like fishing line, hooks and matches, although many Vietnam Vets used the space as well for needed pills. Blade is 6 3/4”, OAL 10 ¾” and weighs 12 oz for the knife and 1#2.5 OZ for the knife and sheath. This knife is NOS in original box with Garia Survival Manual, and Survival Kit. This knife has been stored in it's sheath and box for over 50 years. The blade has not been sharpened and any wear or spots are from storage. The box shows wear and the right side of the blade has a small rub perhaps from the sheath, it is not a scratch. You determine,
Because this knife was manufactured in response to the Vietnam War, this knife’s sheath was adapted to fit the military system of attaching to the GI webbed belt. Printed on the back of the sheath is Brazil.
Many of you will recognize Garcia as the manufacturer of the unstoppable and reliable Garcia Mitchell fishing reels like the model 300 or 308.
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