Original World War 2 era American “Quartermaster Knife” manufactured during the war by Cattaraugus Cutlery in Cattaraugus, NY. Model 225Q fighting/utility knife (Q stands for Quartermaster) was designed as a heavy-duty knife for opening ammo boxes, cargo crates, and hammer down nails (and/or enemy sculls) if needed. These Quartermasters were very popular with the troops and saw action in every major military theater during the War. This particular type is illustrated on pages 88-89 in the book KNIVES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WORLD WAR II 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).
Model 225Q Quartermaster is a solid heavy-duty tool that was designed to take a lot of abuse – tough and practical, Quartermasters were used as intended in the battlefields, so relatively few survive in decent condition. This specimen is in better than average condition AND it has been positively identified. Thanks to the personalized scabbard with the military ID number, rank, and the name this knife has been ID’d as a personal sidearm belonging to the Air Corps Technical Sergeant Lambert H. Cerny (1923-1995). The scabbard’s front panel is also decorated with dates “43-44” and the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater shield. According to the information obtained for military ID number 16009655, Lambert H. Cerny Jr. (DOB 01/12/1923) was enlisted on July 28, 1941 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II. Mr. Cerny passed away on 12/30/1995 and is buried in Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin.
This Quartermaster is in great condition for the type: the blade is only lightly used; the edge and the blade’s tip are intact. No typical ding marks on the spine or pitting on the blade; the edge is RAZOR-sharp still; ricasso is stamped Cattaraugus / 225Q on one side. Stacked leather washers handle with fiber spacers on the ends; one minor varnish drop on the leather part of the handle is noted for accuracy. Hammer-like iron pommel and “tear-drop” shaped iron guard. The handle is in great shape; all handle parts are tight. This solid fighting/utility knife is about 10-5/8″ / 27 cm overall; the blade is about 6-1/8″ /15.5 cm long. Original leather scabbard is in great condition as well; the leather is soft and supple still; the original keeper is nice and tight; all original stitching and rivets are intact.
This attractive WW2 Cattaraugus 225Q Quartermaster knife and its original scabbard have not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, the set is in 100% original “as is” condition. These are the actual photos; spent brass is not included with the lot 😉 I 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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