Original and ever-popular WW2 era “Smatchet” fighting knife designed by now-famous British officers William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes (aka Fairbane-Sykes design). This huge fighter looks very much like it’s original British Smatchet, except that this specimen’s handle materials are different and the knife is completely unmarked, indicating the US manufacture – likely by Case Cutlery. According to M.H Cole (an expert on American fighting knives the and author of the famous Americal edged weapons books series published in the 1970th), in a letter dated 9/13/1960, Case Cutlery stated that during WW2 they made Smatchet knives for the Office of Strategic Service Command (OSS), which after the war had morphed into the CIA. This exact type is illustrated on pages 146-148 of the KNIVES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WORLD WAR II book by Michael W Silvey – a well-established expert and author of many books on the subject of US military edged weapons (see page’s scans attached).
This WW2 Smatchet fighting knife is about 16-3/8″ / 41.5 cm overall; large parkerized “leaf-shape” blade is about 11-1/8″ /28.2 cm long. Walnut grips with 2 large pins handle; the pommel is cast aluminum secured with 2 thin pins. A large oval iron guard is about 3-1/2″ / 9 cm wide; all handle parts are tight with no play. The edge has been aggressively re-sharpened on one side; it is RAZOR-sharp still, including the “false” upper edge; the tip is intact. Original Model 2 all-leather scabbard; all staples and stitching are intact; the keeper and the belt loop are not damaged. The leather is a bit dry, but overall the scabbard is in great condition; considering the age. If it wasn’t for some long-forgotten idiot with a grinder and the roughly re-shaped edge as the result, this rare specimen would be listed today at around $700 – $800…
This original WW2 Smatchet fighting knife has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it’s in 100% original “as is” condition. These are the actual photos; spent brass is not included with the lot 😉 We 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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