WW2 Case Pilot Knife and original leather scabbard – a so-called “bailout knife” issued to USAF aircrews during World War II. Very rare type in great overall condition, considering the age.
Rare American WW-2 era US Army/Navy Pilot survival/fighting knife by W.R. CASE & SONS CUTLERY COMPANY – this type was issued to the American aircrews during the War as an all-purpose knife in case of a bail-out. W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery is one of the oldest American knife makers in continuous operation in the US. These Case Cutlery pilot knives are a lot more scarce than similar-purpose 5″ blade knives manufactured by Camillus. During the war only a small order of “pilot knives” was placed with Case Cutlery; a rare find in any condition these days. This type is illustrated on page 90 of the 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 page scan attached).
The knife shows only light signs of use; chrome-plated “blood grooves” blade has been gently re-sharpened; the tip is intact. Great condition overall, considering the age and abuse in the field. Ricasso is stamped with a large “square font” CASE logo. Stacked leather washers handle with red-n-black spacers and an aluminum “mushroom head” lead-sealed pommel. The handle is in great condition; all parts are tight; the slightly bent bronze guard has a tiny bit of a play. The knife is about 9-1/2″ / 24 cm overall; the blade is about 5-1/16″ /12.9 cm long. Original war-time brown leather sheath is included. The sheath is in great overall condition, considering the age; the keeper is nice and tight. Overall, this WW2 Case Pilot Knife / American Fighting and its original sheath are in the above-average condition for the type. A rare type to begin with and super rare this nice; don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!
Don’t forget to check out our Militaria section for other WW2 era combat knives, including a couple of rare WW2 “OSS Drop” knives we offer for sale. This rare knife has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original condition; these are the actual photos. We accept all major credit cards and payments via PayPal as forms of payment. Old-fashioned checks and money orders will work as well; please take a look at the Payments section within our Terms and Conditions for additional details.
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