WW2 fighting dagger M1913 Patton Sword made from WW1 era Springfield Armory M1913 Cavalry Saber dated 1918, original leather scabbard is signed BOB WINTERS. RARE type in great condition, considering the age.
Very rare WW2 era fighting dagger made from the hilt section of the WW1 era M1913 Cavalry Saber, aka the “Patton Sword” (M1913 sword description page is the courtesy of Wikipedia). These “Patton Sword” daggers were made early in the war for the US servicemen using M1913 Calvary swords and even some older Civil War sabers. During the first couple of years of WW2 the US servicemen had no standard-issue fighting knife so military was desperately looking for a quick an inexpensive way to satisfy the demand for the much-needed fighting knives early in the War. Someone came up with the idea of re-purposing these old sabers (and by than obsolete weapons anyway) info fighting knives and daggers. A large quantity of Patton Swords and even older Civil War era sabers were converted into somewhat crude, but very practical fighting knives and trench daggers. Each M1913 saber was cut to make 3 fighting knives. Obviously, the “hilt part” fighters are scarcer than the rest.
These intimidating “Patton Sword” fighters were made by a number of American makers during the war. The “leather-wrapped handle” dagger is one of the best known examples of such side arms; unfortunately the manufacturer’s name of this particular “Patton Sword fighting knife” style has been lost. This actual type is illustrated on pages 228-229 of the 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 the pages’ scans attached). The dagger comes with the equally scarce original-issue brown leather scabbard1.
This dagger is about 12-5/8” / 32 cm overall; fullered dual-edge blade is about 7-3/4” / 19.7 cm; razor-sharp edges are near-perfect, the tip is intact. The original M1913 Saber that this dagger was converted from was manufactured during WW1 by the famous Springfield Arsenal (SA) in 1918. Ricasso is stamped SA / 1918 / US “flaming bomb” ordinance mark on one side, arsenal serial number 36697 / US on the other. Leather-wrapped handle with a steel pommel and iron handguard is in great overall condition, considering the age; typical age-related wear of the leather wrapping is noted for accuracy. The leather is nice and tight; steel guard and pommel are solid with no play. Original GIsigned leather scabbard is in great overall condition, considering the age; the back side is signed BOB WINTERS. The leather is soft and supple still; all stitching and rivets are intact; the keeper is a bit dry but still in one piece.
This rare WW2 fighting dagger M1913 Patton Sword conversion type is VERY hard to find these days – today most of the surviving “Patton Calvary Saber fighting knives” are in private collections and are off the market. This is one of the best WW2 era “non-regulation” US fighting knives with a lot of character, you will not be disappointed!
This rare original WW2 fighting dagger M1913 Patton Sword / American WW-II era fighting knife has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it’s in 100% original “as is” condition. These are the actual photos; spent brass is not included with the lot 😉 I have several WW2 fighting knives made from converted WW1 sabers, as well as some scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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