WW2 Camillus USN MK2 fighting knife, original 1943 NORD composition scabbard. Excellent unused condition, factory original edge – rare this nice, considering the age.
Original WW2 era famous US Navy Mark 2 “Ka-Bar” fighting knife (the link is a courtesy of Wikipedia) manufactured by Camillus Cutlery out of Camillus, NY; great overall condition. The knife looks used, the scabbard is in excellent shape as well – this MK2 set is in much better than average condition.
This is the earlier “blade-marked” type with a plain unmarked guard. Ricasso is stamped CAMILLUS, N.Y. on one side, U.S.N. / MARK 2 on the other. The knife is about 12″ / 30.5 cm overall; blued blade is about 7-1/16″ / 18 cm. The edge (including the upper “false” edge) appears to be factory original; it is RAZOR-sharp. No nicks on the edge or contact marks on the spine, the tip is intact; the pommel is excellent with no dings/contact marks. Leather washers handle with a heavy round pommel and slightly curved guard; all parts are perfectly tight with no play.
Original “navy-gray” NORD composition scabbard was made by Victory Plastics division of Beckwith Manufacturing (B.M. Co.); stamped J. CHRISTAKOS on both sides. The numbers on the back of the throat indicate the very first delivery date to the Navy in November 1943. This specimen was part of the first batch of new composition-materials model that had replaced the early-war all-leather scabbards. The scabbard is used but it is in 100% serviceable condition.
Most of Mark 2 knives were used in the field as intended; specimens in original “as made” condition are VERY hard to find nowadays – this WW2 Ka-Bar USN MK2 fighting knife will be a great addition to any collection. This attractive WW2 Ka-Bar USN MK2 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.
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