US “private purchase” WW2 Fighting Knife, orig scabbard; ID’d to George Ortmann


WW2 era American theater fighting knife with engraved blade and name-matching leather scabbard; ID’d to Tech Corporal George C. Ortmann. Quality made trench dagger in great overall condition; scarce listed type.  FREE SHIPPING WITHIN THE U.S. FOR THIS ITEM

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American theater fighting knife with engraved blade and name-matching leather scabbard; ID’d to WW2 serviceman George C. Ortmann. Quality made trench dagger in great overall condition; scarce listed type.

Original WW2 era double-edged dagger /fighting knife with cast aluminum handle, personalized “name and serial” engraved blade, and original name-matching leather scabbard; a rare type.  One of the “private purchase” fighting knives – this type was manufactured and sold privately to the servicemen during the war; identical specimens show up in private collections from time to time. This exact type is illustrated on page 15 of the THEATER MADE MILITARY KNIVES OF WORLD WAR II book by Bill and Debbie Wraght – a well-established expert and the author of a number of books on the subject of the US military edged weapons (see book’s page scan attached).

This knife appears to be only slightly used, the blade (including the false edge) are razor-sharp; the tip is intact. The blade looks like top-grade tool steel to me; one side is hand-engraved G.C. Ortmann  33692267. Leather scabbard has a matching name and military ID number carved on the back panel; no other markings on the blade or on the handle. According to the information obtained for military ID # 33692267, George C. Ortmann (DOB 9/20/1908) was a Tech Corporal (Technician 5th Grade) with the US Army during World War II. Mr. Ortmann passed away on 4/17/97 and is buried in Pittsburgh, PA. Further research is needed to ID this veteran’s place/time and units of service.

This is a very well-made fighting knife with a solid, cast-on aluminum handle with a smooth non-reflective satin finish throughout.  No typical dings or nicks on the pommel – scarce this nice, since a lot of these fighting knives were used to hammer-open rations’ crates and ammo boxes. The dagger is about 12-1/4″ / 31 cm overall; the blade is 7-3/4″ /19.8 cm long. Original leather scabbard is in a serviceable condition still; brown leather is soft and supple; all stitchings are intact. The scabbard was probably meant to be tucked-in; there is no keeper or an opening for a belt to pass through. The front is stamped with a faded logo SCHIEREN’S / ROYAL EXTRA / TRADE MARK – a pre-war manufacturer of leather belts for drives and heavy machinery.  The scabbard is a bit used, but it is still in better than average condition for the type. Overall, this original “private purchase” WW2 era American theater fighting knife is in 100% serviceable condition still. With proper care it will last you another 75 years 😉

This attractive WW2 American theater fighting knife / spear-point blade trench dagger has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original “as is” condition. These are the actual photos; spent brass is not included with the lot. We have a few more American WW2 era combat knives and bayonets, as well as several scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives from other countries available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.

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Weight 2.1 lbs

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