Original WW2 era American fighting knife manufactured during the war by Western Cutlery in Boulder, Colorado. This is the ever-popular WW2 era “Shark” model fighting knife, but a much scarcer Type 2 with the blued blade (most Sharks had bright-finished blades), a more practical heavy-duty round steel pommel, and an iron guard. Western Cutlery designated this type as model G46-6. This exact type is illustrated as the bottom knife on page 233 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.
The knife is about 10-1/8” / 25.7 cm overall; a well-balanced “gun-blued” fullered blade is about 5-5/4″ / 14.8 cm. The edge is razor-sharp still, the tip is intact; about 80-90% of the original bluing is remaining – scarce this nice. Stacked leather washers handle with black and red fiber spacers at the ends, iron guard and hammer-like round iron pommel. The handle is in great condition; the pommel and washers are tight; the guard has a tiny bit of a play. Original leather scabbard is in great shape, considering the age. No cracks, cuts or puncture holes; the keeper is a bit dry but intact. Most of these “Shark” fighting knives were used as intended during the war and relatively few specimens survived in good condition. Overall, this scarce G46-6 Shark is in pretty good shape; with proper care it will last you another 75 years 😉
This attractive “blued blade”/ round pommel Type 2 WW2 Western G46-6 Shark 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 knife 😉 I have a few more vintage European knives, as well as WW2 era combat knives and bayonets, 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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