WW2 era KA-BAR Parkerized Commando American fighting knife – scarce type, original leather scabbard


Original WW2 KA-BAR Parkerized Commando fighting knife, rare parkerized finish blade, leather scabbard. Scarce type in great overall condition, considering the age. FREE EXPEDITED SHIPPING WITHIN THE U.S. FOR THIS ITEM!

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WW2 KA-BAR Parkerized Commando fighting knife, rare parkerized finish blade, original leather scabbard. Scarce type in excellent overall condition, considering the age. 

Original WW-2 era American fighting knife by the famous KA-BAR company known as the “KA-BAR Commando”. Privately manufactured during the war, these handy knives were sold to the American servicemen in need of an all-purpose fighting/survival knife. Ka-Bar was selling this type in the “polished finish” with chrome-plated blades, as well as the less common “dark finish” type with a non-reflective parkerized blade. 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 scan attached).

This is the Parkerized Commando type fighter with the non-reflective dark-gray finish on the blade. A scarce type; it seems that most servicemen went for its fancier “polished Commando” brethren. This specimen is in excellent overall condition – the distinctive brown Bakelite spacers at the ends of the handle are in great shape with no cracks or chips. Stacked leather washers handle with thick round hammer-like iron pommel; all parts are tight. The guard’s top side is stamped KA-BAR / OLEAN, N.Y. The knife is about 10-5/8″ / 27 cm overall; the blade is about 6″ / 15.2 cm; the edge appears to be factory original, it is RAZOR-sharp still; the tip is intact. No dings or nicks on the spine or the pommel – this type is VERY rare this nice. Original lather scabbard is in great shape as well, considering the age. The leather is soft and supple; all rivets and stitching are intact; the beck side of the belt hanger is signed CORBIN . R.O. 205. This scabbard is in 100% serviceable condition still; with proper care it will last you another 80 years 😉

Most of these KA-BAR Commandos 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 Parkerized Commando fighting knife is in great shape – don’t miss your chance to add this scarce WW2 era fighter 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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Weight 1.2 lbs

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