USA WW2 Anderson fighting knife made from WW1 era Patton Sword (M1913 Cavalry Saber), original leather scabbard included. VERY rare type in excellent overall condition, considering the age.
Very rare WW2 era fighting dagger/trench knife knife made during the war by ANDERSON in Glendale, California, from the mid-section part of WW1 era M1913 Cavalry Saber, typically referred to as the “Patton Sword”. The original M1913 Calvary saber was developed by the now-famous General Patton prior to WW1. The sword was an excellent weapon but it was rendered useless by the advances in modern warfare by the time the United States has actually entered WW1. After the Great War ended most of the M1913 sabers ended up collecting dust in the government arsenals.
During the first couple of years of WW2 the US servicemen had no standard-issue fighting knife and the military was desperately looking for a quick way to satisfy the demand for the much-needed fighting knives early in the War. So someone came up with the idea of re-purposing these old (and by than obsolete weapons anyway) info fighting knives and daggers. A large quantity of Patton Swords and even older Civil War sabers were converted into somewhat crude, but very practical fighting knives and trench daggers. Each M1913 saber was made into 3 fighting knives. Because so many Patton Swords were cut-up during World War II finding an intact, “unmolested” M1913 Saber in great condition AND with unaltered original scabbard is pretty hard nowadays – unless you check out some M1913 Patton Sword listings in my store, of course 😉
These intimidating “Patton Sword” fighters were made by a number of American makers during the war, including Andeson of Glendale, California. Finding a competed Anderson fighting knife is pretty hard nowadays – unless you look for similar M1913 listings in my store, of course 😉 This exact type is illustrated on page 53 of the KNIVES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WORLD WAR II book by Michael W Silvey – a well-established expert and the author of a number of books on the subject of the US military edged weapons (see the book’s scan attached).
This fighting knife is about 13-3/8” / 34 cm overall; the blade is about 8-1/4” / 21 cm; the blade’s edges are very sharp still; the tip is intact. Classic Anderson cast gray plastic handle is in excellent condition, considering the age – the handle is tight with no play; no cracks or chips on the plastic; a few minor contact marks are noted for accuracy. Equally rare original-issue leather scabbard is included; front panel is GI-signed “Hateher”. All original stitching and keeper are intact; the leather is soft and supple still. This USA WW2 Anderson fighting knife is a great find – today most of the surviving “Anderson daggers” are in private collections and are off the market. This is one of the best WW2 era “non-regulation” US fighting knives with a lot of character and in excellent overall condition, you will not be disappointed!
I’m selling this item on a consignment; a reserve price has been set by the seller. This original USA WW2 Anderson fighting knife has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it is in 100% original “as is” condition; these are the actual photos; Garand clips are not included with the lot 😉 I have several fighting knives made from converted sabers, as well as some scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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