Original and very rare WW2 era “New Caledonia” huge fighting knife with 10.25″ blade, a very generous crown deer stag handle and an original leather scabbard. Reportedly made from the locally available materials and stag of a native deer by the local craftsmen on the island of New Caledonia, who made a brisk business selling their goods to the passing Allied sailors and the Marines. One of the more scarce types of the “private purchase” fighting knives – this exact type is illustrated on page 139 of THEATER MADE MILITARY KNIVES OF WW2 book by Bill Wright – a well-established expert and the author of a number of books on the subject of the US military edged weapons (see book’s page scan attached).
This is an unusually large specimen with a well-defined 10-1/4″ clip-point blade that appears to be hand-forged – rare as such as most of the “New Caledonia” fighting knives are in the 6″ to 7″ blade range. The knife is only slightly used with some light surface rust on ricasso (cleanable); minor pitting at the tip is noted for accuracy. The blade has been lightly re-sharpened; it is razor-sharp still; the tip is intact. No markings on the blade or on the handle; which is pretty common for the type. The handle is a well-formed piece of a deer crown stag secured with 3 bronze rivets; large oval handguard is made of a solid chunk of bronze. The handle has one thin age-related crack on one side by the lower rivet but it is structurally sound. This massive fighting knife is about 15-1/4″ / 38.8 cm overall; the blade is about 10-1/4″ / 26 cm long.
Original leather scabbard is included – it is in excellent condition still, considering the age. The leather is soft and supple; all rivets and stitching are tight and intact; the keeper is nice and tight; the top part of the hanger is stamped 2500SKS. Overall, this original “private purchase” WW2 New Caledonia fighting knife is in 100% serviceable condition still. With proper care it will last you another 75 years 😉
This attractive WW2 New Caledonia fighting knife 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 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.
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