Original WW2 era US Navy Mark I fighting/utility knife with original early issue USN-marked leather scabbard. Manufactured during the war by PAL Cutlery Co. Parkerized 5-1/4″ blade retained most of its original parkerized finish; no contact marks on the edge or the spine, the edge has been very gently re-sharpened. PAL Mark 1s are not particularly scarce, but this type is hard to find in practically unused condition as most of MK1s were used as intended during the war. 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’ photos attached).
This Mark I has the stacked leather washers & colored fiber spacers handle with aluminum pommel and steel handguard. All handle parts are tight; the pommel has a tiny bit of a play; parkerized guard is excellent and rust-free.The knife is about 10-1/8″ / 25.7 cm overall; the blade is about 5-1/4″ / 13.3 cm long. The tip is intact; the edge is very sharp still; minor surface rust on the tip is noted for accuracy (cleanable). Ricasso is stamped RH-35 PAL MADE IN U.S.A. on one side and U.S.N. / MARK I on the other. Not the type to miss a good business opportunity, PAL Cutlery had purchased the cutlery division of Remington Arms in 1940. After PAL moved the old Remington equipment and knife stock to Holyoke, MA, they began manufacturing knives using the left-over stock parts with the Remington emblem (RH stands for Remington Hunter).
Original “early-issue leather scabbard is stamped USN on the front of the throat. The leather is a bit dry and there is a small cut near the top rivet but this scabbard is in 100% serviceable condition still. Most of Mark I knives were used in the field as intended; this type is rare in better grades.
This scarce early-issue WW2 PAL MK1 fighting knife leather scabbard has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it is in 100% original “as is” condition; these are the actual photos. We have several scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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