WW2 KA-BAR Parkerized Commando fighting knife with rare parkerized finish blade, original leather scabbard. Scarce type in great 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 fighting knife 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 in 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 handle is initialed PI on one side. The guard’s top side is stamped KA-BAR / OLEAN, N.Y. The knife is about 10-1/2″ / 26.7 cm overall; the blade is about 5-7/8″ /15 cm; the edge has been gently re-sharpened, it is RAZOR-sharp still; the tip is intact. No dings or nicks on the spine; no contact marks on the pommel – this type is 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 keeper has been modified but it holds the knife well. 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; spent brass is not included with the lot.
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