The Hackman survival knife was intended for private sale to military personnel bound for Vietnam. The Randall Model 18 had made the hollow handle sawback popular with the troops, but Randall could not keep up with demand. Like the Randall this knife featured a watertight hollow handle and a massive 1/4 thick stainless-steel blade. From Ken Warner's book "The Practical Book of Knives" circa 1975, Chapter 7-The Sharp Pry Bar.
I was responsible for the shape and the grind of the blade and the overall configuration. My collaborator, Pete Dickey, figured out the rest of it. In essence, it has a hollow stainless-steel handle, closed watertight by a large threaded pommel. The space inside is nearly the size of two 12-gauge shotshells, which means it will hold matches, pills, another little knife, hooks and line-a whole raft of stuff that could come in handy.Pete went ahead and had packed a miniature kit that went into the sheath's pocket and had a lot of that gear in it. Anyways, I put all I could think of into that knife to make it do as many jobs as possible for a fellow who, suddenly has to do it all with a knife. It is heavy and tough enough to chop wood or meat or bone. It is wide enough to dig with if you need a hole in a hurry. The saw edge is designed to get its users poles without making loud noises. Its steel will not rust, and it's hard, so it holds an edge. If you had to hurt someone with it, it is equal to that job. It will slice very nicely and is, after you get used to it, handy for dressing out game.
It has a couple of holes in the modest double guard, and by lashing through those to a pole seated in the hollow handle, a rather impressive spear would result. The pictures are of this knife for sale.
This knife is lightly used, the pommel has small dings from being tossed into a pack or duffel, the finger guard has some small spots on it and there a few minute scratches on the rt. There are no signs of sharpening or use but judge for yourself. Otherwise in amazing shape for over 50 years old. The spear point and sawback are in exceptional condition. Knife has a Military smell of tobacco and is a fine examples of the Vietnam Era Hackman Survival knives.Last photo shows the balance point. The item "Hackman of Finland Vietnam Era Survival Knife" is in sale since Sunday, May 9, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Knives, Swords & Blades\Collectible Fixed Blade Knives\Vintage Fixed Blade Knives\Factory Manufactured". The seller is "onehikes" and is located in Newport News, Virginia. This item can be shipped to United States.