WW2 PAL red spacer MK2 fighting knife, US Navy RH-37 marked blade, original early all-leather U.S.N. scabbard with brass tip protector initialed A.L.B. Rare type in great overall condition, considering the age.
The famous WW2 era US Navy Mark 2 “Ka-Bar” fighting knife (the link is a courtesy of Wikipedia) manufactured by PAL Cutlery with the matching early WW2 all-leather scabbard personalized by some bored sailor. This is the scarce and desirable early-production “red spacer” type Mark 2 with the US Navy designation. 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 “red spacer” type – only the early MK2s came with the leather scabbard, and even fewer were the so-called “red spacers”. Fancy colored fiber spacers were quickly done away with to simplify the wartime production and reduce costs. And leather scabbards were simply 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 plastic scabbards. An early USN Mark 2 “red spacer” with original and correct all-leather sheath is VERY hard to find nowadays.
This MK2 is about 12-1/4″ / 31 cm overall; the blade is about 7″ / 17.8 cm long. Only slightly used; the blade’s edge appears to be original factory job, it’s razor-sharp still; the tip is intact. A few minor dark spots on the blade are noted for accuracy. The blade’s ricasso is stamped RH-37 / PAL MADE IN U.S.A. on one side and U.S. NAVY on the other. Not the type to miss a good business opportunity, in 1940 PAL Cutlery had purchased the cutlery division of Remington Arms; tools, blanks, unfinished stock and all. 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). Stacked leather washers handle with red spacers on both ends. An early threaded round hammer-like steel pommel and slightly curved handguard; all parts are tight with no play; no typical ding marks on the pommel or the spine of the blade – rare as such.
Original leather scabbard is in very good condition, considering the age; the leather is still soft and supple. The scabbard’s tip is with the hand-made brass tip protector engraved with initials A.L.B. and decorated the standard-issue shoe laces tied in a fancy sailor’s knot. The back is faintly signed with the same initials in large black letters. The scabbard’s all original staples and stitching are intact; it is in 100% serviceable condition even now. A rare early USMC “red spacer” MK2 fighting knife and correct early all-leather scabbard with a lot of character; don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!
This attractive WW2 PAL red spacer MK2 fighting knife has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it is in 100% original “as is” condition; these are the actual photos. I 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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