Unique WW2 American fighting knife custom dagger identified to decorated US Army Signal Corps Lt. Colonel Robert J. McKithan (1916-1957)
A unique WW-2 era fighting dagger with expertly made double-edged 7-5/8″ blade personalized to R.J. McKithan; comes with original leather sheath dated 1944, also signed R.J. McKithan. Robert James McKithan (1916-1957) was a decorated Lt. Colonel with the US Army Signal Corps in WW2; he won a Bronze Start and a Purple Heart during the war. Lt. Colonel R.J. McKithan’s final resting place is in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in Texas.
The dagger is about 11-1/2” / 29.2 cm overall; well-made dual-edge blade is about 7-5/8″ / 19.3 cm; the blade is a bit pitted but the edge is near-perfect and razor-sharp still, the tip is intact. Stacked leather washers handle with solid bronze pommel and what looks like a bolster made of a 50-cal. brass casing. Personalized brass plaque inscribed R.J. McKithan is attached with tiny nails on one side (one of the nails is missing). The dagger is in great overall condition; considering the age. Original leather scabbard is hand-tooled with a floral pattern on the front; the stitching is intact; wire-repaired corners look like quick field repairs. The leather is soft and supple; the scabbard is in very good overall condition, considering what this fighting knife been through.
This WW2 American fighting knife custom dagger identified to a decorated WW2 American officer type is obviously one of a kind. A historic very cool looking WW2 era “non-regulation” US fighting knife with a lot of character; you will not be disappointed!
We have several scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section. This rare WW2 knife has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original “as is” condition; these are the actual photos; spent brass is not included with the lot 😉