A rare early WW2 era American fighting knife manufactured by Kinfolks Cutlery in Little Valley, NY. This is a harder to find early-war issue 5-inch blade utility-fighting knife model with aluminum guard/pommel and “fancy” blade with colored fiber and brass spacers. During the war Kinfolks and the rest of the knife manufacturers had to phase out the use of aluminum due to the wartime ban on the use of the strategic metals for the “non-essential” products; early-issue “aluminum fittings specimens” are rare. A similar Kinfolks mid-war manufacture type with than-standard Bakelite fittings is illustrated on page 166 of the KNIVES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WORLD WAR II book by Michael W Silvey – a well-established expert and author of many books on the subject of US military edged weapons (see the page’s scan attached).
Looks like this particular knife was used by the USAF crew member as an all-purpose fighting/survival knife in case of a bail-out. The front of the scabbard is branded ARMY AIR FORCE with the “winged star” on top of it; the throat is signed SIMMS. Looks like the back side was branded as well but its’ barely visible on the back. Stacked leather washers handle with colored fiber and brass spacers on the ends; solid aluminum pommel with a large brass lug-nut and aluminum guard. The handle is solid; all parts are tight with no play. The pommel is intact with no typical dings or contact marks – rare as such. The knife is about 9-3/4″ / 24.5 cm overall; mirror-polished fullered blade is about 5″ /12.8 cm long; it is razor-sharp still; the tip is intact. Original-issue Kinfolks branded leather scabbard is in excellent shape overall, considering the age; original keeper and rivets are all present; the stitching is mostly intact; the leather is soft and supple still. With proper care this knife will last you another 75 years 😉
This attractive and rare WW2 Kinfolks USAF-marked fighting knife/original scabbard has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, the set is in 100% original “as is” condition. These are the actual photos; spent brass is not included with the knife 😉 I have a few more vintage American-made knives, as well as WW2 era combat knives and bayonets, 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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