Original WW2 era US Navy issue Mark I Utility knife with the war-expedient wood pommel; comes with the correct Navy-gray MK1 NORD composition scabbard. Although it is simply marked U.S.N. on ricasso, this specimen was likely manufactured by Robeson Cutlery mid-war, as evident by the non-metal pommel. This type is illustrated on pages 9 and 10 in 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 pages’ scans attached). The more scarce “wood pommel” type was issued with the hardwood pommel due to the wartime ban on the use of the strategic metals for the “non-essential” products. MK1 knives are relatively common, but the “wood pommel” type is hard to find in better good grades. The majority of these utility knives were used as intended during the war, so most got worked to death, were lost, or simply fell apart from the abuse and contact with the seawater. Not surprisingly, the wood-pommeled knives proved not as durable in the field as the “standard” MKI production types with metal pommels; finding a well-preserved mid-war MK1 specimen is not so easy nowadays.
This Mark I is about 9-1/2″ / 24.2 cm overall; the blade is about 5″ / 12.7 cm. The blade has been gently re-sharpened; the edge is razor-sharp still; the tip is intact. No typical rust or the blade or hand guard; the edge and blade spine are clean with no nicks or dings. Stacked leather washers and iron guard handle; hardwood pommel is unusually nice for the type without the typical ding marks or chips. The handle is tight with no play, all parts are solid; leather washers are in great condition without the typical “saltwater rot” so many of the WW2 era USN knives are suffering from. Ricasso is stamped U.S.N. on one side. Original navy-gray NORD composition scabbard was manufactured by Victory Plastics; it’s stamped U.S.N. MK 1 on the throat; the reverse is marked NORD – 4723 / B.M. Co /2 vp. indicating the very first November 1943 delivery to the Navy. The scabbard is used but it is in better than average condition for the type; it’s in 100% serviceable condition still.
This attractive WW2 MK1 Fighting Knife wood pommel type Mark I has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original “as is” condition. These are the actual photos; spent brass is not included with the knife 😉 I have a few more vintage European 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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