Original WW2 era American fighting knife manufactured by Kinfolks Cutlery in Little Valley, NY. This is a typical mid-war production type with a simple Bakelite guard, fullered 5-inch blade, and a simple undecorated “plain” leather scabbard. As the war progressed, Kinfolks had to phase out the use of aluminum due to the wartime ban on the use of the strategic metals for the “non-essential” products. As soon as the “old stock” of aluminum parts was depleted Kinfolks started to use bakelite for guards and pommels on all of their fighting knives. A similar Kinfolks mid-war manufacture type with than-standard Bakelite fittings is illustrated on page 166 of the KNIVES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WORLD WAR II book by Michael W Silvey – a well-established expert and author of many books on the subject of US military edged weapons (see the page’s scan attached).
The knife is about 9-5/8″ / 24.4 cm overall; fullered blade is about 5″ /12.7 cm long; it is very sharp still; the tip is intact. Stacked leather washers handle with colored fiber and brass spacers on the ends; solid aluminum pommel with a large brass lug-nut. The handle is solid; all parts are tight with no play. Original leather scabbard is in good overall condition, considering the age; the keeper is falling apart and it had came off completely but it could be replaced – a relatively easy fix. All original rivets are all present; the leather is soft and supple still. With proper care this knife will last you another 75 years 😉
This attractive WW2 era Kinfolks fighting knife has 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 knife 😉 I have a few more vintage American-made knives, as well as WW2 era combat knives and bayonets, 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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