WW2 Camillus USMC MK2 fighting knife, early blade-marked, original USMC-marked leather scabbard; very good overall condition, considering the age.
Original WW2 era USMC-designated famous US Navy Mark 2 “Ka-Bar” fighting knife (the link is a courtesy of Wikipedia) manufactured by Camillus Cutlery Co. in Camillus, New York – the very first contractor to make MK2 fighting knives for the US military. In 1942, U.S. Marine Corps officers Colonel John M. Davis and Major Howard E. America working in conjunction with Camillus Cutlery developed the Mark II Fighting Utility Knife (MK2). After extensive trials, the MK2 prototype was recommended for adoption, and Camillus was awarded the first contract to produce the MK2 fighting knife for the US Marine Corps; these knives bore designation USMC on ricasso. During the WW2 years Camillus has manufactured and shipped more than 13 million (!!) military knives of various styles to the Allied troops.
This USMC specimen is used, but it’s in better than average condition as most of these fighting knives were used in the field as intended. This is the early-war “blade-marked” / blued blade type with correct early-issue leather scabbard, which is also marked USMC. Ricasso is stamped CAMILLUS. N.Y. on one side, U.S.M.C. on the other. The knife is about 12″ / 30.5 cm overall; blued blade is about 7-1/16″ / 18 cm. The edge is very sharp still; the tip is intact; no dings or contact marks on the spine, the pommel is excellent with no dings or signs of hammering on nails, etc. Stacked leather washers handle with a heavy-duty round pommel and slightly curved guard; all parts are tight with no play.
Original early-war leather scabbard is in very good shape overall, considering the age. The front panel is faintly-stamped USMC; there is an unfortunate “puncture wound” at the tip; all other parts – original stitching, staples, and the keeper are intact. The leather is soft and supple – this scabbard is in 100% serviceable condition still. Early-war all-leather scabbards did not fare well after contact with salt water and were quickly replaced by more durable composition scabbards. Not a lot of early leather scabbards survived in collectable condition. In general, most of Mark 2 knives were used in the field as intended; specimens in better condition are hard to find nowadays – this WW2 Camillus USMC MK2 fighting knife will be a great addition to any collection.
I’m selling this item on a consignment; a reserve price has been set by the seller. This attractive WW2 Camillus USMC 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; spent brass not included with the knife 😉
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