Rare WW2 era US fighting dagger made from 1913-dated WW1 era M1913 Patton saber, “leather-wrapped handle” type, custom scabbard


Original WW2 fighting dagger M1913 Patton Sword made from WW1 era Springfield Armory 1913-dated Cavalry Saber, custom scabbard. RARE type in great condition, considering the age.

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WW2 fighting dagger M1913 Patton Sword made from WW1 era Springfield Armory 1913-dated Cavalry Saber, original custom-made leather scabbard. 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 11-7/8” / 33.3 cm overall; fullered dual-edge blade is about 7-1/4” / 19 cm; the edges are pretty sharp still; the tip is little rounded. The original M1913 Saber that this dagger was converted from was manufactured during WW1 by the famous Springfield Arsenal (SA) in 1913 – the very first year of  issue. Ricasso is stamped SA / 1913 / US “flaming bomb”  ordinance mark on one side,  arsenal serial number 7203 /  US on the other. Leather-wrapped handle with a steel pommel and iron handguard is in great overall condition, considering the age; a few typical contact marks on the leather wrapping are noted for accuracy. The handle is nice and tight; steel pommel is solid; the guard has a tiny bit of a play. Original hand-made leather scabbard is in great overall  condition, considering the age. The leather is soft and supple still; all stitching and rivets are intact; brass wire belt hanger seems to be a standard-issue type “re-appropriated” from another scabbard.

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.

This WW2 fighting dagger M1913 Patton Sword WW-II fighter has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way. It is in 100% original “as purchased” condition; these are the actual photos; Garand clips are not included with the lot 😉 I have several fighting knives made from converted 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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No International shipping for this item, sorry (too many international customs prohibit the import of dual-edge knives).

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Weight 9.1 lbs

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