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Username Post: Morey Knives?        (Topic#314781)
brianWE
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11-09-03 14:52.36 - Post#314781    



This thread is on the General forum.
Any comments?
http://www.knifeforums.com//ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=UBB62&Number=314778&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=2&fpart=1&vc=1&PHPSESSID=
If this link doesn't work, look for the Morey Header.
 


Krizzard
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11-09-03 20:05.01 - Post#314850    


    In response to brianWE

Gee, Brian.
You sure know how to pick 'em.
A really tough one to answer.
Can't say I even seen, yet alone heard about this one.
Quite an interesting design though.
And that box art(!!!!), sure looks something from the Far East.


Krizzard, out

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- The New Testament, Revelation 13:10
 
brianWE
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07-16-04 14:20.59 - Post#435440    


    In response to Krizzard

I received this email today. Clears things up satisfactorily, I think.

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Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2004 15:51:35 -0700

Hi,
I`m the one who designed the Morey MK 1. I was just looking at the discussion board on Knife Forums. You had a question about the Morey MK 1, back in November. It's pretty amazing where some of my knives have turned up. You're in Australia, right? Here's a short history. I was in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, in the USN. Me and a few other guys were making crude knives on the guided missile cruiser that I was attached to, because it was fun, and the old Vietnam era knives that we were issued were too heavy and bulky. After I'd made a prototype that I liked, I found a place in Saudi Arabia that could make a a bunch for me. The smallest order that they would take was 1000. The total cost of production was $8,800 US., which was my life savings at the time. The factory kept delaying and delaying, pushing the production back, and I finally got the knives after the actual fighting had ended. By then, we were about to head back to Pearl Harbor, and I didn't get
to sell many of the knives to other military members in the Gulf. I think I sold more knives to Germans, than anyone else. I sold a few in Hawaii when we got back. By then I realized I had been tricked. The people who made the knives for me pulled a fast one, and packed a bunch of substandard knives at the bottom of the crate. Some of the knives were so bad that I just threw them away, almost half, in fact. I was embarrassed to have my name on them. Another thing that I realized, after getting back to the states, was that they'd ripped me off on the steel. The blades were stamped "stainless" but they weren't. A bunch that had gotten exposed to the salt air, had rusted, and had to be buffed with metal polish before I could sell them. So, be sure to keep your knife away from moisture. Anyway, over the years I've been selling a few here, and a few there, all over the US. I do plan to make a MK 2, but that could be years in the future. And I will never again have anything
made in a country with a reputation for poor workmanship. The whole experience that I had with my first production knife really left a bad taste in my mouth. Nice talking with you, and its good to know that a few of my knives are still floating around out there.

--Chuck Morey

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Frank_Trzaska
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07-17-04 05:42.05 - Post#435726    


    In response to brianWE

Great info Brian, thanks for posting it!

All the best
Frank Trzaska
All the best
Frank Trzaska

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Zius2
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07-17-04 10:06.35 - Post#435830    


    In response to brianWE

Great story Brian. I wouldn't mind having one of those myself (even one of the crappy ones), but I suppose collectors prices will skyrocket shortly after your post.


 
leatherneck777
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07-20-04 08:16.10 - Post#437373    


    In response to Zius2

I was in the Army, and met Chuck Morey in mid-March of 1991, in Bahrain. I bought one of his knives for $10. It was worth at least double or triple what I paid. I don't know what his motivation for producing his knife was, but he wasn't out to make money. And it was a pretty decent knife--very light. I wish I still had it. It was about 11 inches long, had a nylon handle, and a steel guard. Even if the steel wasn't stainless, it was still good. The blade rarely needed sharpening.
 
Tom Carey
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07-20-04 08:31.16 - Post#437378    


    In response to leatherneck777

I have two of them floating around here. They are pretty cheap looking. I honestly never really believed they had anything to do with Desert Storm. I guess they actually did sort of.

Regards,

Tom Carey
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leatherneck777
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07-20-04 08:38.14 - Post#437380    


    In response to Tom Carey

Okay, they aren't the best knives in the world, but they're probably the only knife made in the Gulf during the Gulf War.
 
collectorknife
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07-27-04 05:19.50 - Post#441485    


    In response to leatherneck777

I got my Morey knife in the Gulf, and still have it. I bought it for $10.00 in 1992, when I was stationed at Hickam AFB in Hawaii. Not a bad deal. They can be found on internet auction sites, from time to time. They sell for $12-$20. Still not a bad deal, considering their history, and age. They aren't actual military issue though, so if you're looking for an official military knife, don't buy one of these. I think you're right. This is probably the only knife of its kind, that was manufactured in the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm.
 
Frank_Trzaska
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07-29-04 13:18.27 - Post#442842    


    In response to collectorknife

I just purchased two of them from Chucks nephew. Not really a high quality knife but a great collectable. The story is great on them, in fact I feel an article coming on already.

All the best
Frank Trzaska
All the best
Frank Trzaska

Visit us at US Military Knives . Com


 


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