WW2 WE Australian Commando Knife made by Whittingslowe Engineering for the Australian military. Scarce type, rare original leather scabbard signed IRVINE is included.
Rare WW2 era fighting knife manufactured for the Australian military by Whittingslowe Engineering (WE logo on ricasso) in Cheltenham, South Australia. See the scan of original circa 1944 Whittingslowe Engineering ad attached (the scan is for reference only; the ad print is not included with the lot). A so-called Australian Commando Knife – this type is pretty hard to find nowadays, especially with the original leather scabbard included. This exact type is illustrated on pages 55-56 of the 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 book’s page scan attached).
This fighting knife is in very good overall condition – no edge nicks or hammer marks on the spine; the blade is lightly re-sharpened; the tip is intact. Evidently, the knife has spent a lot of time in the field – the blade is pitted from the exposure to the elements; the rivets on the scabbard are rusted but intact. The original manufacturing stamp WE is sharply struck at ricasso; Australian military “broad arrow” acceptance stamp over letter I is struck on the guard’s underside. Original wood handle grips with 3 iron pins and wide iron guard; all parts are tight with no play; great shape overall, considering the age. Saber-point carbon steel blade is razor-sharp still, the tip is intact.
This fighting knife is about 11″ / 28 cm overall; the blade is about 5-7/8″ / 15 cm long. Original leather scabbard with the standard-issue metal wire belt hanger is included. These Aussie scabbards are actually more scarce than the knives as most did not fare well in the jungle environment; very few survived the war. The scabbard is nice and tight; all original rivers, stitching and the keeper. the back is signed with the serviceman’s name IRVINE. Almost 80 years after it was made this rare WW2 WE Australian Commando Knifeis is in 100% serviceable condition and ready for action still. This type is hard to find in any condition these days – don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!
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