Original and ever-popular WW2 era “Smatchet” fighting knife designed by now-famous British officers William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes (aka Fairbane-Sykes design) in rare unused condition. This huge fighting knife looks very much like it’s original British Smatchet, except that this specimen’s handle materials are different and the knife is completely unmarked indicating the US manufacture – likely by Case Cutlery. This exact type is illustrated on page 148 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 page’s scan attached). According to M.H Cole (an expert on American fighting knives the and author of the famous Americal edged weapons books series published in the 1970th), in a letter dated 9/13/1960, Case Cutlery stated that during WW2 Case made Smatchet knives for the Office of Strategic Service Command (OSS). After the war the US Government had quietly morphed the battle-hardened OSS operatives into what is knows as CIA today.
This huge WW2 model 2 Smatchet fighting knife is about 16-3/4″ / 42.5 cm overall; a large parkerized “leaf-shape” blade is about 11-1/8″ /28.2 cm long. The blase is still covered with the rust-preventing cosmoline; the blade almost got stuck to the leather from being in the scabbard for too long. Walnut grips with 2 large pins handle; the pommel is cast aluminum secured with 2 pins. A large oval iron guard is about 3-1/2″ / 9 cm wide; all handle parts are tight with no play. Original edge is very sharp still, the tip is intact. Original Model 3 all-leather scabbard; all staples and stitching are intact; the keeper and the belt loop are not damaged. The leather is not dry; great overall condition; considering the age.
This original WW2 model 2 Smatchet fighting knife and leather scabbard have not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it’s in 100% original “as is” condition. These are the actual photos; spent brass is not included with the lot 😉 We have a few more American WW2 era combat knives and bayonets, as well as several scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives from other countries available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
We have a few more American fighting knives, as well as some scarce European WW2 and WW1 fighting knives, daggers, trench knives and bayonets available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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