Italy WW2 M1939 Fighting Knife, large 8.1-in blade, intact wood handle scales, original metal scabbard included. Rare type in great overall condition, considering the age.
Rare WW2 era Fascist Italy Model 1939 Fighting Knife in great overall condition with original metal scabbard included. With the blade standing at 8-1/4″ long, M1939 was one of the largest standard-issue fighting knives of WW2; it was a fearsome-looking weapon. Attached is the photo of the Italian mountain troops machine gunner armed with an identical M1939 fighting knife (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 is in great overall shape – only slightly used. The blade has been lightly re-sharpened; original wood handle scales are intact with no cracks or chips. Original all-metal scabbard miraculously has not been dented or nicked, as it seems to be the typical case with this type. Over 80% of the original black finish on the scabbard remaining; belt hanger clasp is not bent and is in perfect working order. Original wood handle scales with 3 iron pins and extra-wide heavy-duty oval iron guard; all parts are tight with zero movement. The handle is in great shape, considering the age; all parts are tight with no play. The spear-point carbon steel blade is very sharp still, the tip is intact. This large fighting knife is about 13″ / 33 cm overall; the blade is about 8-1/4″ / 20.8 cm long. The scabbard is about 8-1/2″ / 21.7 cm long; both the scabbard and the knife are completely unmarked.
Almost 80 years after it was made this scarce Italy WW2 M1939 Fighting Knife and original scabbard are in 100% serviceable condition still. This type is hard to find these days in better grades – don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection! I have a few more WW2 K98 bayonets, as well as some scarce WW2 and WW1 fighting knives, daggers, trench knives and bayonets available for sale – please take a look in the Militaria section.
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