AKE New Zealand WW2 knuckle duster fighting knife, original leather scabbard, rare dagger blade type. Solid cast aluminum 4-point knuckle bow; dagger blade stamped “AKE REGD”. VERY hard to find “knuckle duster fighter” type; don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!
Rare WW2 era ” knuckle duster” type fighting dagger made in New Zealand by a little-known AKE manufacturer (stamped AKE REGD on the blade). This type is erroneously listed as an Australian fighter on pages 64-65 of the KNIVES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WORLD WAR II book by Michael W Silvey. But M.H. Cole correctly identifies it as made in New Zealand. Ron Flook also illustrated this exact type on page 215 in his excellent reference book BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH MILITARY KNIVES, as the “knuckle bow” fighter manufactured in New Zealand (see the book’s scans attached). Regardless of its actual point of origin, this WW2 era fighting knife type is quite rare; most of the surviving specimens are in private collections and rarely come up for sale.
Looks like this fighting knife was used as intended – the “skull crusher” at the base of the handle is a bit flattened; 4-point knuckle bow shows a few contact marks; the blade has been re-sharpened. High-carbon steel blade has pitting throughout from exposure to the elements; the tip is intact. The manufacturer’s stamp AKE REGD is boldly struck on ricasso; the die-cast solid aluminum handle is unmarked. The handle is in great overall condition, considering the age; a few contact marks and a couple of imperfections from the die casting are noted for accuracy. This fighting knife is about 10″ / 25.4 cm overall; dual-edge dagger-point blade is about 5-5/8″ / 13.6 cm long; the blade is tight with no play. Original leather scabbard; looks like the keeper was re-attached at some point; the leather is a bit dry but it’s in good shape overall.
Almost 80 years after it was made this rare AKE New Zealand WW2 knuckle duster fighting knife is 100% serviceable still. This type is hard to find in any condition these days – don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!
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