WW2 unfinished Anderson fighting knife made from WW1 era M1913 Cavalry Saber manufactured by Springfield Arsenal in 1914. VERY rare type; excellent overall condition.
Very rare WW2 era partially-finished fighting knife made during the war by ANDERSON in Glendale, CA, USA from the hilt part of WW1 era M1913 Cavalry Saber, typically referred to as the “Patton Sword”. The original M1913 Calvary saber was developed by the now-famous General Patton prior to WW1. The sword was an excellent weapon but it was rendered useless by the advances in modern warfare by the time the United States has actually entered WW1. After the Great War ended most of the M1913 sabers ended up collecting dust in the government arsenals.
During the first couple of years of WW2 the US servicemen had no standard-issue fighting knife and the military was desperately looking for a quick way to satisfy the demand for the much-needed fighting knives early in the War. So someone came up with the idea of re-purposing these old (and by than obsolete weapons anyway) info fighting knives and daggers. A large quantity of Patton Swords and even older Civil War sabers were converted into somewhat crude, but very practical fighting knives and trench daggers. Each M1913 saber was made into 3 fighting knives. Obviously, the “hilt part” fighters are more scarce than the rest. Because so many Patton Swords were cut-up during World War II finding an intact, “unmolested” M1913 Saber in great condition AND with unaltered original scabbard is pretty hard nowadays – unless you check out some M1913 Patton Sword listings in my store, of course 😉
These intimidating “Patton Sword” fighters were made by a number of American makers during the war, including Andeson of Glendale, California. Finding a competed Anderson fighting knife is pretty hard – unless you look for similar M1913 listings in my store, of course 😉 but finding a nearly-completed “hilt section” Anderson fighting knife is nearly impossible. This exact type is illustrated on page 53 of the KNIVES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WORLD WAR II book by Michael W Silvey – a well-established expert and the author of a number of books on the subject of the US military edged weapons (see the book’s scan attached).
This fighting knife is about 13-1/2” / 34.3 cm overall; the blade is about 8-1/2” / 21.5 cm; the blade has been polished and neatly cut at about 1/3 of the blade; the cut line is very clean. The original M1913 Saber that this knife was converted from was manufactured by the Springfield Arsenal (SA) in 1914. The ricasso is stamped SA / 1914 / “flaming bomb” ordinance mark on one side and with US / 21346 serial number on the other. The original classic Anderson “bloody red” cast plastic handle is in excellent condition, considering the age – there are no cracks, dings, or chips on the plastic; the handle is tight with no play. There is no scabbard. This WW2 unfinished Anderson fighting knife is a great find – today most of the surviving WW2 Anderson fighting daggers are in private collections and are off the market. This is one of the best WW2 era “non-regulation” US fighting knives with a lot of character and in excellent overall condition, you will not be disappointed!
This WW2 unfinished Anderson fighting knife 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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