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Ulster BSA Camp Knife

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by rjc149, Jun 23, 2015.

  1. rjc149


    Feb 23, 2012
    I just added a vintage Boy Scout knife to my collection, marked 'Ulster' on the blade with "Official Knife Boy Scouts of America" printed on the blade.

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    Can anyone tell me a bit more about this knife? Particularly, what type of steel, and if it's possible to replace the shackle pins?

  2. BigBiscuit


    Dec 11, 2014
    I'm pretty sure this one is from the 1970's and had stainless blades. I can't help you with the shackle info though.
  3. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    Dunno, might be a carbon steel blade, looks like a bit of rust? As for the shackle pins, from the looks of it, you would have to take the knife apart to replace them, since it is not a through pin. If the shackle is loose, you might be able to peen them a little to tighten the shackle up.
    Nice score, at any rate. Congrats on a great addition to the collection.
  4. bozack


    Nov 8, 2005
    I had one from the '70's. Can't comment on the exact steel, but, it was carbon. Sharpened up easily. I had a different model. Sorry, can't help with any parts or real info. I had the knife since I was 7, 41 years ago.
  5. major_works


    Aug 30, 2014
  6. Buzzbait

    Buzzbait Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 2001
    I wouldn't want to take that knife apart to fix the bail. I'm pretty sure that it's swinden key construction.
  7. abbydaddy

    abbydaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 14, 2014
    Oops, Major Works already posted a link to Scout Knives.
  8. rjc149


    Feb 23, 2012
    Thanks for the replies. Unfortunately the scout knife site doesn't state what kind of steel the blades are. I'm going to assume they are carbon steel, but the blade has a gloss to it which makes me think it could be stainless. The rust stains could be caused by the knife's age and maybe storage in moisture.
  9. runninmike


    Oct 19, 2005
    It is carbon, and probably 1095. I have two identical.....one I bought new in '87 at a boy scout office in Aberdeen, Md. It has developed bluish patina as time goes by. I wipe it down with an oil now and again. The other was given me by a neighbor and it is fairly rusty but serviceable. Ulster did make one with brown sawcut derlin ala Old Timer that had stainless blades. Those are fairly rare these days.
  10. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    A lot of carbon blades were chrome plated for a while.
  11. BigBiscuit


    Dec 11, 2014
    I'm sticking by my stainless claim. From what I remember, most of the Scout knives that had the blade etching were stainless. And just because it's stainless doesn't mean it won't get some surface rust. It's all dependent on the grade of stainless steel. Some are more resistant than others.

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