Original and very rare WW-2 era double-edged dagger /fighting knife with cast aluminum handle and original leather scabbard. One of the “private purchase” fighting knives – this type was manufactured and sold privately to the servicemen during the war. Identical knives show up in private collections from time to time; a scarce type. This exact type is illustrated on page 194 of 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 book’s page scan attached).
This knife is only slightly used, the double-edge “spear point” blade appears to have its original edge; it is razor-sharp still. The blade is quite thin – just 1.8 mm on average; looks like top-grade tool steel; the tip is slightly nicked. No markings on the blade or on the handle. Solid aluminum one-piece handle has a rough non-reflective finish. No typical dings or nicks on the pommel – scarce this nice since a lot of these fighting knives were used to hammer-open rations’ crates and ammo boxes. The dagger is about 11-1/4″ / 28.5 cm overall; the blade is 6-5/8″ /17 cm long. Original leather scabbard is included – it is in a serviceable condition still; brown leather is soft and supple; all rivets and stitching are tight and intact; the keeper is damaged at the snap – an easy fix. The scabbard has obvious signs of field use, but it is still in better than average condition for the type. Overall, this original “private purchase” WW2 American fighting knife is in 100% serviceable condition still. With proper care it will last you another 75 years 😉
This attractive WW2 American fighting knife / dual-edge blade trench dagger 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. We have a few more 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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