Original WW2 era EGW “long blade” type fighting knife; manufactured during the war by E.G. Waterman Company in New York; an unmarked specimen. EG Waterman Company made these sturdy private-purchase Fighters in order to satisfy the demand for the much-needed fighting knives early in the War. This type is illustrated on pages 114-115 of KNIVES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WORLD WAR II book by Michael W Silvey – a well-established expert and the author of a number of books on the subject of the US military edged weapons (see book’s page scans attached).
These fighting knives were popular with the troops during the war; most of these knives were used as intended – in camps, trenches, and in combat. EGW’s high carbon steel blades kept a good edge but were prone to rust; relatively few survived the war in presentable condition. This is a specimen with a more scarce “long” 7-3/8 inch blade; most of the EGW knives had 6″ blades. An unusually well-made example with well-defined form and clean lines; this is one of EGW “unmarked ricasso” specimens.
The knife is only slightly used; it’s in excellent overall condition, considering the age. The blade is razor-sharp still; the tip is intact; some minor pitting on one side is noted for accuracy. Stacked leather washers handle with steel guard and pommel with a lanyard ring. The handle is faintly initialed J.T.H. on one side; all the handle parts are tight. The knife is about 12″ / 30.5 cm from the tip to the lower tang; the blade is about 7-3/8″ / 18.8 cm. Original leather sheath is in great overall condition, considering the age; the leather is still soft and supple; all stitching is intact. The hanger is a bit dry but intact; the upper part is stamped 227S. This WW2 EGW American fighting knife is still in 100% serviceable condition, even after 80 years in retirement.
This WW2 EGW American fighting knife with original leather scabbard has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it is in 100% original “as is” condition; these are the actual photos. We have several scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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