Original WW2 era US Navy Mark I fighting/utility knife with original early-issue leather scabbard; manufactured during the war by PAL Cutlery Co; rare unused. PAL Mark 1s are not particularly scarce, but this type is VERY hard to find in unissued condition as most of MK1s were used as intended during the war. This exact 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).
Stacked leather washers & colored fiber spacers handle with an early-war production aluminum pommel and steel handguard (later issues had wood pommels to conserve the much-needed aluminum). All handle parts are tight; the guard and pommel are solid with no play; the guard is excellent and rust-free. No contact marks on the edge or the spine, original factory edge is very sharp; the tip is intact. The knife is about 10-1/4″ / 26 cm overall; parkerized blade is about 5-3/8″ / 13.7 cm long. Ricasso is stamped RH-35 PAL MADE IN U.S.A. on one side; USN MARK I markings on the other. These blades were not originally manufactured in the 1930th by Remington, not PAL. Not the type to miss a good business opportunity, PAL Cutlery had purchased the cutlery division of Remington Arms in 1940; the tooling, machinery and the left-over parts. 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).
Early-war issue all-leather scabbard is in excellent condition, considering the age. The leather is soft and supple; all stitching and rivets are intact; 77 years later this WW2 era scabbard is in 100% serviceable condition still. Most of Mark I knives were used in the field as intended; this type is rare in high grades.
This original WW2 PAL RH35 USN MK1 fighting knife and early all-leather scabbard have 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 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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