WW2 Ka-Bar USN UDT fighting knife, bright blade w factory edge, original navy-gray NORD BM Co composition scabbard. Scarce type in rare MINT condition; this type is VERY hard to find this nice.
Scarce US Navy Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) knife with the classic “bright finish” 7-inch blade, smooth stacked leather washers handle, and original NORD composition scabbard in mega rare unused condition. The WW2 era Underwater Demolition Teams became the cornerstone of the modern-day Navy SEALs, by the way. This UDT knife type was manufactured by Union Cutlery in Olean, NY under the famous KA-BAR trademark and this specimen is appropriately marked as such on the guard. This UDT type is illustrated on pages 25-27 of 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 book’s scans attached).
The knife is about 12-1/4″ / 31 cm overall; the blade is about 7″ / 17.8 cm. The blade, including the “false” edge, are razor-sharp edge; the tip is intact. Original factory edge; the blade has not been re-sharpened; no edge nicks or dings on the spine. Ricasso is unmarked as intended; the guard is stamped on the underside USN MK2 on one side and KA-BAR on the other. Stacked smooth leather washers; steel guard and hammer-like round pommel; all parts are tight with no play. Original Navy-gray NORD composition scabbard was manufactured during the war by Beckwith Manufacturing division of Victory Plastics. Production numbers on the back of the throat indicate March 1945 delivery to the US Navy. No cracks, dents or chips on the plastic; the webbing is in great shape; no cuts, holes, or mold stains; the keeper is intact – this type is very rare this nice and complete.
Scarce to begin with, this type is exceedingly rare in “as-issued” minty condition. This scarce WW2 Ka-Bar USN UDT fighting knife has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it is in 100% original “as is” condition. These are the actual photos; the Garand clip is not included with the lot 😉 I have several scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in the store’s Militaria section. Buy more staff and save on shipping!
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