OOriginal 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. 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 MK1 listed here is the more scarce “wood pommel” type issued with the hardwood pommel due to the wartime ban on the use of the strategic metals for the “non-essential” products. PAL MK1s are relatively common, but the “wood pommel” type is hard in 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 9-7/8″ / 25 cm overall; parkerized blade is about 5-1/8″ / 13 cm long. No typical rust or the blade or hand guard; the edge is clean with no nicks or dings. Stacked leather washers and iron guard handle; hardwood pommel is unusually nice for the type without the typical heavy ding marks or cracks; all parts are tight with no play; one small wood chip on te side is noted for accuracy. The tip is intact; the edge is very sharp still. Ricasso is stamped RH-35 PAL MADE IN U.S.A. on one side and U.S.N. 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 U.S.N. in large-font letters on the front of the throat. The leather is a bit dry but this scabbard is in 100% serviceable condition still. In spite of its advanced age, this original WW2 PAL MK1 fighting knife wood pommel type Utility Knife with its original USN leather scabbard are in 100% serviceable condition still; you will not be disappointed.
This attractive WW2 PAL MK1 fighting knife wood pommel type 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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