WW2 USN UDT fighting knife made by Ka-Bar, bright blade, original navy-gray NORD BM Co. composition scabbard. Scarce type in great overall condition, considering the age.
Scarce US Navy Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) knife with the classic bright finish “bright finish” 7″ blade, smooth stacked leather washers handle, and original NORD composition scabbard. The WW2 era Underwater Demolition Teams became the cornerstone of the modern-day Navy SEALs, by the way. This UDT knife type was manufactured by Union Cutlery in Olean, NY under the famous KA-BAR trademark and this specimen is appropriately marked as such on the guard. This UDT type is illustrated on pages 25-27 of 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 book’s scans attached).
The knife is about 12-1/4″ / 31 cm overall; the blade is about 7″ / 17.8 cm. The blade, including the “false” edge, has been sharpened to a razor-like edge; the tip is intact; no edge nicks or dings on the spine. Ricasso is unmarked as intended; the guard is stamped on the underside USN MK2 on one side and KA-BAR on the other. Stacked smooth leather washers; steel guard and hammer-like round pommel; all parts are tight with no play. Original Navy-gray NORD composition scabbard was manufactured during the war by Beckwith Manufacturing division of Victory Plastics. Production numbers on the back of the throat indicate March 1945 delivery to the US Navy. No cracks, dents or chips on the plastic; the webbing is in great shape; no cuts, holes, or mold stains; the keeper is intact – this type is rare this nice. This scarce WW2 USN UDT 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; spent brass is not included with the lot 😉
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