Italy M1939 Fighting Knife -WW2 era US capture; great overall condition with original wood handle scales intact. A scarce type and VERY hard to find this nice and unaltered.
Rare WW2 era Italian M1939 Fighting Knife in great overall condition. With the blade standing at 8-1/4″ long, M1939 was one of the largest standard-issue fighting knives of WW2; it is a fearsome-looking weapon – attached is the photo of the Italian militia armed with identical M1939 fighting knives (original photo is not included with the knife). Simple, reliable, and easy to manufacture, M1939 was popular with the Italian troops and it became a desirable battlefield trophy for the Allies. Many were brought home as souvenirs after the war, but most are in pretty beat-up condition. This specimen appears to be a US capture – the blade is “cold-stamped” US in large letters on ricasso; an interesting find.
The knife is used, but it’s in very good condition overall – moderate sharpening on the edge; original wood handle scales are intact with no typical dings – an excellent shape, considering the age. The handle is held together with 3 iron pins and extra-wide heavy duty oval iron guard; all parts are tight with no play. This large fighting knife is about 13″ / 33 cm overall; the blade is about 8-1/4″ / 21 cm long. There is no scabbard. These are the actual photos; spent brass is not included with this lot 😉
Almost 80 years after it was made this scarce Italy M1939 Fighting Knife is in 100% serviceable condition still and ready for action. This type is hard to find these days in better grades – don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection! We have a few more scarce WW2 and WW1 fighting daggers and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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