WW2 PAL MK2 fighting knife red spacer type with USMC-designated blade, early-production all-leather scabbard. Rare type in great overall condition, considering the age.
Original WW2 era famous US Navy Mark 2 “Ka-Bar” fighting knife (the link is a courtesy of Wikipedia) manufactured early in the war by PAL Cutlery. This is the scarce and desirable early-production “red spacer” type Mark 2 with the scarce USMC-designated blade. MK2 is a classic American WW2 era fighting knife; this type was used in combat by the US Army and the Navy men alike in all theaters of the War.
This is the hard-to-find first-issue “red spacer” type – only the very early production MK2s came with leather scabbards and red fiber spacers handles. Fancy colored fiber spacers were quickly done away with to simplify the wartime production and reduce costs. Also, early leather scabbards were too fragile in the field – the leather would simply rot away after contact with seawater. Moving forward, the US armed forces procurement had quickly replaced the leather with the more durable composite composition scabbards. This specimen is in great overall condition, considering the age. An early US Marine Corps-designated Mark 2 “red spacer” with original and correct all-leather sheath is VERY hard to find nowadays.
This MK2 is about 12″ / 30.5 cm overall; the blade is about 6-7/8″ / 17.5 cm long. The knife is used but it’s in better than average condition for the type. The blade has been cleaned and sharpened, it’s razor-sharp still, including the “false” upper edge; the tip is intact. Ricasso is stamped PAL on one side and U.S.M.C. on the other. Stacked leather washers handle with red and black fiber spacers on both ends. An early double-thickness threaded round hammer-like steel pommel and slightly curved handguard. The handle is tight; the guard and the top spacer have a bit of a play; no typical ding marks on the pommel or the spine of the blade – rare as such.
Original all-leather scabbard is in very good condition, considering the typical wear and tear in the field. All original rivets and stitching; the keeper is original as well. it’s a bit stiff with a few dryness-related cracks but very good overall. The scabbard’s leather is a bit dry in general but without any major issues; a few typical stains on the leather are noted for accuracy. During the war most of MK2s were used in the field as intended; these early “red spacer” MK2s are VERY hard to find – a rare find and a great addition to any collection. This attractive WW2 PAL MK2 fighting knife red spacer type has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it is in 100% original “as is” condition. These are the actual photos; spent brass is not included with the lot 😉
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