WW2 era Middle Eastern Commando “death head” fighting knife; original scabbard; rare bolo blade type

$1,599.99

British India WW2 Middle Eastern Commando fighting knife, original leather scabbard. VERY hard to find “bolo blade” type in great overall condition, considering the age.

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British India WW2 Middle Eastern Commando fighting knife, original leather scabbard. VERY hard to find “bolo blade” type in great overall condition, considering the age.

Original World War 2 era Middle Eastern Commando fighting knife made during the war in the British India. Apparently this type originated in the Middle East (hence the common name) but it was used by the British and the Commonwealth forces in most theaters of operations throughout the war. This exact type is illustrated on page 208 of the excellent reference book BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH MILITARY KNIVES by Ron Flook (see the book’s pages scans attached). American WW2 reference books list this type as well: this exact type is called “Gurkha Paratroop issue” knife  in the knife catalog No 115 by Adrian Van Dyk. A similar type called “Middle Eastern Commando Death’s Head knuckle-knife” is illustrated on page 143 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 military edged weapons (see the page’s scans attached).

This are fighter is about 15″ / 38 cm overall; the blade is about 9-7/8″ / 25 cm long.  It’s in great overall condition – the blade is undamaged with no typical edge nicks; nice and even “golden-honey” patina throughout the brass on the handle. The blade is very sharp still, the tip is slightly nicked. The handle and the blade are completely unmarked. Original leather scabbard with web keeper is in excellent condition, considering the age. The leather is not dry; all original stitching is intact; the front is decorated with an interesting symbol that look like a capital letter M in a double-circle (I have no idea what that actually means). The keeper was made from the standard WW2 ear US-issue web gear – the buckle is is marked US CROWN / 3001 on reverse; other than the letter M on the front the scabbard is unmarked.  These “commando scabbards” are more scarce than the knives themselves since the leather didn’t fare as well in the wet, hot and humid conditions. This type is VERY rare this nice and complete.

This original British WW2 Middle Eastern Commando 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. Argocoins accepts all major credit cards and payments via PayPal as forms of payment. Please email  me at info@argocoins.com if you would like to make a credit card purchase over the phone. Old-fashioned checks and money orders will work just as well; please take a look at the Payments section within our Terms and Conditions for mailing instructions and additional details. Follow me on Facebook @argoman400BC to keep an eye on the latest additions and promotions.

USPS PRIORITY MAIL DELIVERY ANYWHERE WITHIN THE U.S. WILL BE $16 FOR THIS ITEM

No International shipping for this item, sorry (too many international customs prohibit the import of dual-edge blades and D-guard type knives).

 

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Weight 9.1 lbs

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