Original WW2 era American fighting knife manufactured during the war by Western Cutlery in Boulder, Colorado. This type is commonly known as “Shark” model fighting knife. This handy knife was very popular with the troops and thousands were used as intended in virtually every theater of the war. Also, this is a more scarce war-expedient production type with iron guard and brown Bakelite pommel (bronze and aluminum were strategic materials conserved for the war effort). This exact type is illustrated on page 233 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 scan attached).
Stacked leather washers handle with colored fiber spacers at the ends; iron guard and Bakelite pommel. The handle is solid; all parts are tight with no play; scarce this nice. Most of these Shark fighting knives were used in the field as intended; this type is rare in decent shape – these Bakelite pommels were prone to cracking and chipping in the field. The knife is about 10-1/4″” / 26 cm overall; fullered “bright finish” blade is about 5-7/8″ /15 cm long. The edge has been gently re-sharpened; it is razor-sharp still; the tip is intact. The leather sheath is original to the knife; the keeper is nice and tight; the leather is soft and supple still.
This attractive WW2 Western 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 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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