WW2 British bowie blade fighting knife; rare “home front” private purchase type with re-purposed German silver tableware handle, original leather scabbard. Excellent overall condition, considering the age; VERY rare this nice.
A seldom-seen WW2 era British “home front” produced Bowie blade fighting knife with the re-purposed tableware handle and a large German silver S-guard; this type was manufactured in the UK circa 1940-1943. Due to the war-time shortages of strategic materials, suitable old cutlery was re-used as handles for fighting daggers as bronze and brass were not available for “non-essential” products. A similar “silver tableware handle” fighting knife type is illustrated on page 281 of the THE MILITARY KNIFE AND BAYONET book by Homer M. Brett – a well-established expert an author of several books on the subject of military edged weapons (see the book’s page scan attached).
This fighter is in better than average condition for the type; the blade appears to have original factory edge; it is razor-sharp still; the tip is intact – rare as such. The handle seems to come off the Victorian-era serving knife; it looks like sterling silver but it is completely unmarked. An extra-wide S-guard is made of German silver, it is perfectly fitted to the blade; all handle parts are solid with no play. The knife is about 12-1/4″ / 31m overall; the blade is about 7-1/4″ / 18.4 cm; all markings on ricasso have been polished-off. Original WW2 era leather scabbard looks almost an exact copy of a standard-issue American MK2 fighting knife scabbard but it’s a little bit smaller and not as wide. The back side of the belt loop is stamped with number 26; a barely visible HK-26 is scribbled next to it. The scabbard is in excellent shape, considering the age; all stitching and staples are intact; the leather is soft and supple still.
This rare WW2 British bowie blade 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; spent brass is not included with the lot 😉 I have a few more British, Commonwealth, and American WW2 era combat knives and bayonets, as well as several scarce WW1 fighting daggers and trench knives from other countries available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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