Here is one of the knives that has found its way in to my collection recently that I am trying to find some information about.
The seller called it a Pack Knife, a term I am not familiar with. The information that came with the knife was that he had aquired it from a WW1 Vets son, who told him that it was his dads pack knife that he used in WW1, it has no military markings, which is not uncommon on WW1 Brit clasp knives. The knife is marked R.F.MOSLEY & CO LTD SHEFFIELD on the main blade. It has Stag scales.
It measures 4 1/8" closed x 3/4" thick x 1 1/8" deep, main blade is just shy of 3" long opened overall its 7" long. It weighs 6.3 oz (179 gm).
It does not conform to any of the Military patterns that I am familiar with. It is smaller than the 6353/1905 pattern clasp knife and is the same size as the 8171/1914 (stag scales) and 8173/1914 (jigged bone scales) clasp knives except for having the Marline Spike.
Unfortunately it has lost its shackle.
I have asked the same question elswhere in knife specific forums with very little success. One eminent authority has suggested that the knife was private purchase. The term pack knife means little to most.
Can anyone throw any light on this pattern knife or the term pack knife?