WW2 Robeson ShurEdge No 20 MK1 Mark 1 Utility Knife, rare wood pommel type, original NORD composition scabbard


Original WW2 Robeson ShurEdge MK1 Fighting Knife – rare wood pommel type, orig 1943 NORD composition scabbard included. Great overall condition, considering the age. FREE EXPEDITED SHIPPING WITHIN THE U.S. FOR THIS ITEM

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WW2 Robeson ShurEdge MK1 Fighting Knife Robeson No 20 model; rare wood pommel type, original 1943 NORD composition scabbard included. Great overall condition, considering the age.

Original WW2 era US Navy issue Mark I Utility knife with a simple “white finish” blade, wood pommel, and correct Navy-gray MK1 NORD composition scabbard. This specimen was manufactured by Robeson Cutlery circa 1942-1943, as evident by the war-expedient wood pommel. 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 more scarce “wood pommel” type was issued with the hardwood pommel due to the wartime ban on the use of the strategic metals for the “non-essential” products. MK1 knives are relatively common, but the “wood pommel” type is hard to find in better 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 9-3/4″ / 25 cm overall; “bright finish” blade is about 5-1/8″ / 13 cm. The edge appears to be factory-original; the edge is razor-sharp still; the tip is intact. No typical nicks or dings on the edge or the spine; some surface rust on the blade is noted for accuracy (cleanable). Stacked leather washers and iron guard handle; hardwood pommel is unusually nice for the type without the typical ding marks or chips. The handle is tight with no play, all parts are solid; leather washers are in great condition without the typical “saltwater rot” so many of the WW2 era USN knives are suffering from.  Ricasso is stamped U.S.N. on one side, Robeson ShurEdge No. 20 on the other. Original navy-gray NORD composition scabbard was manufactured by Victory Plastics; it’s stamped U.S.N. MK 1 on the throat; the reverse is marked NORD – 4723 / B.M. Co /2 vp. indicating the very first November 1943 delivery to the Navy. The scabbard is used but it is in better than average condition for the type; it’s in 100% serviceable condition still.

This attractive WW2 Robeson ShurEdge MK1 Fighting Knife wood pommel type Mark I 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 several fighting knives made from converted sabers, as well as some scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.

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Weight 1.1 lbs

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