WW2 KA-BAR Polished Commando fighting knife, original leather scabbard included. Scarce type in great overall condition, considering the age.
Original WW-2 era American fighting knife made by the famous KA-BAR company known as the “KA-BAR Polished Commando“. Privately manufactured during the war, these handy knives were sold to the American servicemen in need of an all-purpose fighting/survival knife. This exact type is illustrated on page 161 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 photo attached).
“Polished Commando” fighting knives have chrome-plated blades, guards and pommels for superior rust protection. This knife is used, but it is in better than average condition for the type. The distinctive brown Bakelite spacers at the ends of the handle on this specimen are in excellent overall condition with no cracks; stacked leather washers handle with thick oval iron pommel. Hand guard has a bit of a play; all other parts are tight. The guard’s top side is stamped KA-BAR / OLEAN, N.Y. The knife is about 10-1/2″ / 26.7 cm overall; the blade is about 5-3/4″ /14.6 cm; the edge has been re-sharpened; the tip is intact. Original leather scabbard is “signed” on the back POCHOPA / FP1 – probably the original owner’s name. The front panel has multiple letters and scratches. The scabbard is in very overall condition, considering the age; the leather is soft and supple; original keeper, stitching and rivets are intact. This scabbard is 100% serviceable still.
Most of these KA-BAR Commando knives were used in the field as intended; this type is VERY hard to find in better grades – brittle bakelite handle spacers were prone to cracking under stress. Overall, this WW2 KA-BAR Polished Commando fighting knife and its original leather scabbard are in 100% serviceable condition still – don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!
These are the actual photos. 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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