WW2 PAL USN MK2 fighting knife red spacer type with US NAVY-designated blade, original early highly decorated leather scabbard. Rare short-lived 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. 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 scarce and desirable early-production “red spacer” type Mark 2 with U.S. NAVY-designated blade and hard-to-find early issue all-leather scabbard that’s been nicely decorated and initialed by some sailor back in the days. 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; the “red spacer” MK2 type was manufactured for a very short period.
In 1940 PAL Cutlery has purchased the cutlery division of Remington Arms and moved old Remington equipment and knife stock to Holyoke, MA. Not to miss a good business opportunity, PAL had re-purposed old Remington blades as “private purchase” fighting knives for the American GIs and began manufacturing knives using the left-over stock parts with the Remington emblem (RH stands for Remington Hunter). These “PAL-RH” knives were quite popular with the troops and many thousands were sold; however only the early-production knives had fancy colored fiber spacers. I have another “red spacer” MK2 fighting knife available – please take a look.
This specimen is in great overall condition, considering the age; all early early US Navy-designated “red spacer” Mark 2s are pretty hard to find nowadays. This MK2 is about 12″ / 30.5 cm overall; the blade is about 7″ / 17.8 cm long. The knife is used but it’s in better than average condition for the type. The blade is very sharp still, the tip is intact; no rust or edge nicks. Ricasso is stamped PAL RH-37 . MADE IN USA on one side and U.S. NAVY 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 solid; all parts are tight with no play; no typical ding marks on the pommel or the spine of the blade – this type is scarce this nice.
Original all-leather scabbard is decorated on the front panel and initialed A.T. in large letters. The knife is initialed AT as well in small letters on leather washers under the guard. The scabbard is in very good overall condition; the leather is a bit dry but still intact; no cuts, holes, or rust stains; the keeper is a bit dry but intact. These early-war leather scabbards were quickly replaced with more durable composition scabbards; very few survived the war in decent condition. During the war most of MK2s were used in the field as intended; these early “red spacer” MK2s with early leather scabbards are VERY hard to find nowadays. This WW2 PAL USN MK2 fighting knife red spacer type is a rare find; it will be a great addition to any collection.
This original WW2 PAL USN 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 😉 For collectible knives and edged weapons Argocoins accepts payments via credit cards, personal checks drawn from US-based accounts, certified US-based bank checks, and money orders. Take a look at the Payments section within our Terms and Conditions for mailing instructions and additional details. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make a credit card purchase over the phone. Follow me on Facebook @argoman400BC to keep an eye on the latest additions and promotions.
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