WW2 Royal Brand Cutlery American fighting knife original scabbard signed L. Cooper. Scarce type; this knife is described in M.H. Cole US MILITARY KNIVES, BOOK III
Original World War 2 era Royal “bird’s beak pommel” fighting knife in excellent overall condition, considering the age – a nice find! This “private purchase” fighting knife type was manufactured during the war in New York by Royal Brand Cutlery Company and were sold through F.W. Woolworth network of stores. This exact type is illustrated on page 31o of US MILITARY KNIVES, BOOK III by M.H. Cole – a well-established expert an author of many books on the subject of US military edged weapons (see the book’s scan attached; a copy of the page will be included with the knife).
This knife is in great overall condition – original rosewood handle scales are intact, no nicks on the edge; the tip is undamaged. Steel hand guard and pins; a few minor contact marks on the handle but otherwise no damage to the scales; all parts are tight. The knife is about 11-5/8″ / 29.5 cm overall; the blade is about 7″ / 17.7 cm. Rare original brown leather scabbard is included; it’s in very good condition, considering the age; original rivets and stitching are intact. The front is signed by hand L. Cooper; the back is stamped in large black letters L. COOPER. Overall, this rare WW2 Royal Brand Cutlery American fighting knife original scabbard is in great overall condition; a must-have for any serious collector of “non-regulation” WW2 American fighting knives.