Original World War 2 era “Quartermaster” fighting knife in very good overall condition, original scabbard is included. Manufactured by Case & Sons Cutlery Company (CASE XX model 337-6″Q). CASE Quartermasters are pretty scarce since the vast majority of them were made by Cattaraugus – a nice find! The Quartermaster was modeled as a heavy utility knife designed to open ammo boxes, cargo crates and hammer down nails if needed. Quartermasters were very popular with the troops and saw action in every major World War 2 theater. This exact type is illustrated on page 88 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 scan attached).
Most of the Quartermasters were used as intended – working on the ships and in the battlefields; leather washers in handles were prone to rot when exposed to the saltwater so many of the surviving specimens are in pretty rough shape. This knife is in pretty good condition – intact handle, no edge nicks or dings. The chrome-plated blade has been re-sharpened and it is razor-sharp still; the tip is intact. Ricasso is stamped CASE XX on one side, 337-6″Q on the other. “Grooved” stacked leather washers handle with steel handguard heavy-duty hammer-like pommel is in very good condition; all parts are tight with no play; some minor surface damage to the washers on one side is noted for accuracy. The knife is about 10-7/8″ / 27.8 cm overall; the blade is about 6-1/16″ / 15.3 cm. Original brown leather scabbard is in very good shape, considering the age; the leather is a bit wrinkled at the tip but all original rivets are intact. A missin snap on the keeper and some minor stitching loss at the tip are noted for accuracy; the back panel is signed H.H. ALLEN; and the guy’s address in NC. Overall, this original WW2 CASE 337-6Q Quartermaster Knife is in great overall condition; a must-have for any serious early CASE collector.
This attractive WW2 CASE 337-6Q Quartermaster Knife and its hard-to-find original leather scabbard have not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, they are in 100% original “as is” condition. These are the actual photos; spent brass is not included with the lot 😉 We have a few more American WW2 era combat knives and bayonets, as well as several 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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