Original WW2 era US Navy Mark I “bright blade” type fighting/ utility knife with a rare “marked off” early-issue leather scabbard in scarce practically unused condition. This specimen was manufactured during the war by Camillus Cutlery in Camillus, NY. This exact type is illustrated on pages 7-9 of KNIVES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WORLD WAR II book by Michael W. Silvey – a well-established expert an author of many books on the subject of US military edged weapons (see the book’s scans attached). Scarce type – early leather sheaths got quickly replaced with more durable composition scabbards. The majority of these all MK1 utility knives were used as intended during the war, so most got worked to death, were lost, or simply fell apart from the abuse and contact with the seawater. Not surprisingly finding a well-preserved MK1 specimen is pretty hard nowadays, especially with the early-issue minty leather scabbard included.
This Mark I is the typical Camillus’ mid-war era production specimen with stacked leather washers and a black Bakelite pommel handle – early aluminum pommels went away due to the wartime ban on the use of strategic metals for the “non-essential” products. The knife is slightly used nut it’s in excellent overall condition for the type – no dings or chips on the pommel; the handle is solid with no play; wide steel guard is nice and tight. Leather washers are in great condition without the typical “saltwater rot” so many of the WW2 era USN knives are suffering from. Ricasso is sharply stamped CAMILLUS N.Y. on one side and U.S.N. on the other. The knife is about 9-1/2″ / 24.2 cm overall; bright blade is about 5″ /12.7 cm long, it has been re-sharpened and it’s very sharp still; the tip is intact. Rare early-issue factory-marked leather scabbard is stamped KEEP THIS KNIFE WELL OILED on the front panel; it in excellent shape, considering the age. The leather is soft and supple; the keeper is tight, all original rivets and stitching are intact; this scabbard is in 100% serviceable condition still; you will not be disappointed.
This attractive WW2 Camillus MK1 utility knife with a rare early-issue leather scabbard has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it is in 100% original “as is” condition. These are the actual photos. I have a few more vintage European knives, as well as WW2 era combat knives and bayonets, 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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