WW2 Camillus MK2 fighting knife, short-lived 1st model “nut pommel” type, blued blade, original 1944 NORD composition scabbard. Rare early MKII type in very good condition, considering the age.
Original WW2 era rare 1st model of the famous US Navy Mark 2 “Ka-Bar” fighting knife (the link is a courtesy of Wikipedia) manufactured early in the war by Camillus Cutlery in Camillus, New York. MK2 is a classic American WW2 era fighting knife; this type was used in combat by the US Army and the Navy men alike in all theaters of the War. This is extremely hard to find early CAMILLUS “treaded lug nut” pommel MK2 – these were manufactured for a VERY short time in limited quantities. The “treaded nut” pommel design has proved to fail under stress and was quickly discontinued. This scarce fighting knife is in mega rare unused condition; I have another early “nut pommel” MK2 fighter with early-issue leather scabbard as well – please take a look.
Blued blade; ricasso is stamped CAMILLUS, N.Y. on one side, U.S.N. on the other; the guard is unmarked, as it should be for this type. Leather washers “fat handle” with heavy round pommel and slightly curved guard; all parts are tight with no play. The knife is about 11-3/4″ / 303 cm overall; blued blade is about 6-3/4″ /17.2 cm. The blade has almost all of its original deep gun-blue finish remaining; factory edge is razor-sharp; the tip is intact. Original “navy-gray” NORD U.S.N. MK 2 composition scabbard was made by Victory Plastics division of Beckwith Manufacturing (B.M. Co.). The numbers on the back of the throat indicate that this scabbard was part of the the first delivery to the Navy which started in July 1944. This specimen was part of first two batches of new composition-materials model that had replaced the early-war all-leather scabbards. The scabbard looks unused with original finish; no cracks on plastic or stains on the webbing, the keeper is intact. This MK2 set is in excellent 100% serviceable condition.
During the war most of MK2s were used in the field as intended; these early MK2s are VERY hard to find – a rare find and a great addition to any collection. This early MK2 set is in excellent overall condition and SUPER rare as such these days – today most of the surviving 1st model “nut pommel” MK2 fighting knives are in private collections & rarely come up for sale. This attractive WW2 Camillus MK2 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.
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