WW2 American Patton sword dagger made from WW1 era 1918-dated Springfield Armory M1913 Cavalry Saber. Rare US-made fighting knife type; original GI-signed leather scabbard included; great overall condition, considering the age.
Very rare WW2 era fighting dagger made from the hilt section of the WW1 era M1913 Cavalry Saber, aka the “Patton Sword” (M1913 sword description page is the courtesy of Wikipedia). These “Patton Sword” daggers were made early in the war for the US servicemen using M1913 Calvary swords and even some older Civil War sabers. 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 sabers (and by than obsolete weapons anyway) info fighting knives and daggers. A large quantity of Patton Swords and even older Civil War era sabers were converted into somewhat crude, but very practical fighting knives and trench daggers. Each M1913 saber was cut to make 3 fighting knives. Obviously, the “hilt part” fighters are scarcer than the rest.
These intimidating “Patton Sword” fighters were made by a number of American makers during the war. The “leather-wrapped handle” dagger is one of the best known examples of such side arms; unfortunately the manufacturer’s name of this particular “Patton Sword fighting knife” style has been lost. This actual type is illustrated on pages 228-229 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 page’s scan attached). The dagger comes with the original WW2 era leather scabbard signed Robert Peevler / 123rd Batt.
This dagger is about 12-5/8” / 32 cm overall; fullered dual-edge blade is about 7-3/4” / 19.8 cm; razor-sharp edge is near-perfect, the tip is intact. Leather-wrapped handle with a steel pommel and iron handguard is in great overall condition, considering the age. The leather is nice and tight; steel guard has a tiny bit of a play; typical wear consistent with age is noted for accuracy. Original number 228 leather scabbard is in excellent condition; the leather is soft and supple still. The back is signed with what looks like 123rd BATT. / ROBERT PEEVLER ; the keeper signed R.V.P. in two places; the belt hanger is signed Robert V. Peevler at the throat. The scabbard is in great shape overall; it’s 100% serviceable even now.
This rare WW2 American Patton sword dagger/fighting knife type is VERY hard to find these days – today most of the surviving “Patton Calvary Saber fighting knives” 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, you will not be disappointed!
This rare original WW2 American Patton sword dagger / fighting knife has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it’s in 100% original “as is” condition. These are the actual photos; spent brass is not included with the lot 😉 I have several WW2 fighting knives made from converted WW1 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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