Original WW2 era American fighting knife made by PAL Blade Company This is a so-called “private purchase” fighting knife that PAL was manufacturing during the war in order to satisfy the demand for quality fighting blades.
In 1940 Pal Blade Co. had purchased the cutlery division of Remington Arms along with the sizable stock of partially finished Remington blades. In a smart business move, PAL had moved the newly- acquired Remington cutlery equipment and the knife stock to Holyoke, MA, and began manufacturing fighting knives using the left-over stock parts with the Remington emblem (RH stands for Remington Hunter). These simple and practical “RH” fighting knives were quite popular with the troops. Not particularly rare WW2 fighting knife, but this type is scarce in high grades / in nice presentable condition, especially the earlier “red spacer” version with a well-finished parkerized blade. Later versions had simplified blades with war-expedient “bright plish finish”. This exact type is illustrated on page 201 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 pages scans attached).
This fighting knife is about 11” / 28 cm overall; the blade is about 6-1/4″ / 15.9 cm. The edge is excellent with no nicks – it is razor-sharp still; the tip is intact. Stacked leather washers and black-n-red fiber spacers handle with steel guard and cast aluminum pommel. No typical nicks on the blade’s spine or the pommel. The handle is tight; the guard has a tiny bit of a play. The knife comes with original leather scabbard. The scabbard is obviously used, but it’s in 100% serviceable condition still. Minor stitching loss is noted for accuracy; original keeper is nice and tight.
This attractive WW2 American fighting knife PAL RH36 model Fighter has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original condition; these are the actual photos. We have a few more British, Commonwealth, and American WW2 era combat knives and bayonets, as well as several scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives from other countries available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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