Original WW2 era British “I CUT MY WAY” trademark private purchase fighting dagger made by William Rodgers in Sheffield, UK. This is a unique specimen with the GI’s name and serial number signed on the scabbard – the man has been identified as US Army Tech 5th Grade (Tech Corporal) John J. Sterzen (1910-1988), whose final resting place is in Yonkers, NY.
W. Rogers daggers were very popular with the British and American servicemen stationed in the UK during the war. Many British and American servicemen used W. Rogers daggers in every combat theater in Europe, North Africa and in the Middle East. See a copy of the WW2 era photo with a group of British home guard soldiers showing off their blades; the second man from the left is holding the same type of dagger (this photo is courtesy of Wikipedia and is not included with the knife).
This dagger is used but it’s in better than average condition for the type. The blade has been lightly re-sharpened; the edge is very sharp still; needle-like tip is intact. Ricasso is stamped WILLIAM / ROGERS / I CUT MY WAY one one side, MADE IN / SHEFFIELD / ENGLAND on the other. Stacked leather washers with brass and black-n-red fiber spacers at the ends. A decent-size bronze double-guard and the war-expedient Bakelite “mushroom head” pommel (aluminum was conserved for the war effort). The handle is tight; all parts are solid with no play. This dagger is about 10-1/4″ / 26 cm overall; the blade is about 5-3/4″ / 14.5 cm long. Original brown leather sheath is in good shape, considering the age and condition in the field. Original keeper has been replaced with a watch leather band; the front is signed John Sterzen / S. No. 33117795. All stitching and rivets are intact; the leather is soft and supple; a couple of cuts at the throat are noted for accuracy. A rare and certainly one-of-a-king WW fighting knife; don’t miss your chance to add this intriguing British WW2 era William Rodgers fighting dagger with GI-signed scabbard to your collection!
This original British WW2 era William Rodgers fighting dagger has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way; it is in 100% original “as is” condition; these are the actual photos. I have more WW2 American fighting knives, as well as several scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers, bayonets and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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