Rare WW2 FOSTER BROS American knuckle guard fighting knife with original metal scabbard and leather frog. Also referenced as “OSS Drop Knife” in some sources
Very rare WW-2 era so-called “OSS Drop Knife” knuckle-duster fighting knife with a 9″ spike blade made from the re-manufactured 1873 Springfield trapdoor rifle socket bayonet; complete with the original metal scabbard and leather frog. These were reportedly made by FOSTER BROTHERS under contract for the US military using old spike bayonets and M1913 Patton Calvary sabers for the blades. Forced to improvise during the wartime shortage of quality materials, Foster Bros had reserved to using cut-up garden hoses as the handle material. Interestingly, in spite of its common name there is no evidence supporting the claims that these knives were actually air-dropped to or by the OSS operatives during the War.
This type is illustrated on page 172 of the U.S. MILITARY KNIVES; BOOK IV published in 1973 by M. H. Cole, and on page 175 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 book’s scans attached).
This fighting dagger appears to be unused; one of the best-preserved specimens I’ve seen for this type. Heavy-duty triangular “spike” blade is about 8-1/4” / 21 cm long; about 13-3/4” / 35 cm overall; the tip is intact and very sharp. The blade is extended to form a scull-crusher in the base of the handle; the blade’s steel has retained most of its original blued finish. Four-point steel knuckle “D-guard” over rubber hose handle; the guard is free of contact marks and dings. The handle is in great overall condition; all parts are tight with no play. Steel scabbard and leather frog are unused and near-excellent, considering the age. The leather is a bit dry; the handle keep leather is soft and supple. Quite a rare find these days – today most of the surviving WW2 FOSTER BROS American knuckle guard fighting knife “OSS Drop Knives” are in private collections and are off the market. One of the best WW2 era “non-regulation” US fighting knives with a lot of character AND in excellent overall condition. Don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!
This rare WW2 FOSTER BROS American knuckle guard fighting knife has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way; these are the actual photos. Spent brass is not included with the lot 😉 We have another rare FOSTER BROTHERS fighting knife for sale – please take a look.