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RARE, Early Production WW2 U.S. M3 Fighting Knife By Imperial & Correct WW2 M6 Leather Scabbard By Moose Both With Frankford Arsenal Marks. Sn 15912 - 15912
The M3 Trench Fighting Knife was introduced in 1943. M3 knives were produced by a number of American Manufacturers including Imperial. Early production knives were made with model, manufacturer and date marked blades. Knives with blades marked in that manner were only produced for 2 months before manufacture changed to marking the cross guards rather than the blade to prevent causing weakness to the blades. M6 Leather scabbards were produced in 1943 for the M3 Trench daggers. These leather scabbards were only made in small numbers before introduction of the M8 scabbard. This is a very good, original & rare WW2 early production American M3 Fighting knife. It has steel cross guard and the steel pommel is stamped with the Frankford arsenal ‘ignited grenade’ mark. The handle has the correct compressed leather washer construction. Its 6 ¾” long blade is undamaged. The blade is stamped 'US M3 Imperial’ (there is no visible date mark). The knife is complete with its original rare brown leather M6 Scabbard. The scabbard is undamaged and all of its rivets & stitching are intact. It has a single belt loop & retaining strap with press stud fastener. The throat has the correct row of 8 reinforcing steel ‘laces’. The lower section of the scabbard has the correct riveted steel plates to the front and back. The bottom of the scabbard is holed for thigh cord with reinforcing ring. The front of the scabbard is impressed with manufacturer detail which appears to be ‘Moose’ & 'US M6’ together with Frankford Arsenal mark. The price for this rare U.S. M3 Fighting Knife with M6 scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 15912
£475.00

WW2 Era U.S.M.C Ka-Bar Fighting Knife With USN Mark 2 Grey Plastic Scabbard By BM Co (Beckwith Mfg Co) & VP (Victory Plastics). Sn 15911 - 15911
This is an original WW2 era Ka-Bar fighting knife & Scabbard. This example is in very good condition. The grip is constructed of the correct compressed smooth leather washers, correct finger guard and has a steel pommel. The blade is stamped ‘KA-BAR Olean NY’’ on one side and ‘USN’ on the reverse. It has a 7” bowie blade with fullers. The blade has just light staining consistent with use. It is complete with its correct grey plastic scabbard with integral webbing frog and retaining strap with press stud fastener. The throat mount is stamped to the front ‘USN MK 2’ and the rear ‘NORD-6581 BM Co (Beckwith Manufacturing Co) /8’ and ‘VP’ (Victory Plastics). All markings are illustrated. The scabbard is holed for thigh cord. The price for this WW2 Ka-Bar knife with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 15911
£245.00

WW2 US Army Airforce Cattaraugus Folding Survival / Fighting Machete & Original Tin Plate Blade Guard. Sn 15834 - 15834
This is an original American made folding machete / fighting knife by Cattaraugus. The U.S Army, folding survival machete was introduced in 1942 issued to U.S Air crew and originally carried folded in the seat pack attached to parachutes (see page 115 plates 579 & 580 of Stephens book ‘Fighting Knives’). Our example has its original tin plate blade cover which are often missing from these machetes. The machete measures 15 ½” extended & 11 ¼” folded. The 10” blade has some staining consistent with age & service use. The blade is marked by the American manufacturer "Cattaraugus USA". It's original riveted black slab grips are secure & undamaged. The machete's folding lock action operated by thumb lever at the cross guard works as it should. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15834
£225.00

WW1 1917 American Cutlery Co USA Flanged Knuckle Bow Trench Fighting Dagger & Scabbard. Sn 13463 - 13463
This is an excellent, original, WW1 1917 dated USA American Cutlery Company made Trench/ Fighting Knife (see page 69 of Fighting Knives By Stephens). The blade is a simple but effective 8 ½” triangular spike (13 ½” overall) secured to a contoured wood grip with finger grooves. The flanged steel knuckle bow bears 2 rows of dome shaped teeth on the edges of the bow. The steel pommel has a domed end cap. The leather scabbard has original green paint and blackened steel fittings together with a brass belt hanger all in similar excellent condition. The inside of the knuckle bow is dated 1917 'A C Co' manufacturer's legend and ‘USA’ and the metal throat mount of the scabbard is stamped with a small ‘M.S.’ inspection mark (all illustrated). This is a scarce original WW1 fighting knife with original scabbard. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13463
£695.00

Post 1963 Boxed, Limited Edition No.772 Of 1500 Buck Custom Knife USA Model 110 Folding Hunter Lock Knife With Etched Blade, Original Wood Buck Display Stand & Care Instruction Pamphlet . Sn 15372:12 - 15372:12
The American Company, Buck Knives was founded in San Diego, California in the early 1900's and is now located in Post Falls, Idaho. The company has a long history through five generations of the Buck family. Buck created their model 110 folding hunter in 1963 when Al Buck decided that a revolutionary lock blade knife was needed by outdoorsmen who wanted a sturdy knife but did not want to carry a long, fixed blade knife. This is an excellent limited edition Buck 110 folding hunter Custom Knife With Original Display Stand, Box and Paperwork. The folding lock knife has a 4” drop point blade. One side of the polished steel blade has a finger groove and is etched with the scene of ‘H.H. Buck’s original business premises and banner with ‘HH Buck’ emblazoned in gilt. The ricasso is marked ‘Buck 110 USA'. The reverse is numbered ‘0772 / 1500’. The knife’s undamaged American Walnut scales are secured by brass and steel pins. The knife has a brass grip frame. Opened the knife measures 9” overall length. The blade locks firmly in place and is released for closing by depression of a steel lever on the back of the grip frame. The knife is complete with it's original Buck wooden display stand which was issued with the knife. The stand has a recessed block to comfortably seat the knife’s butt and slotted block to accommodate the blade edge. The stand has a small plate labelled ‘Buck’ on the front and has 2 holes for wall hanging to the rear. The knife is accompanied by its original care instruction pamphlet and printed ‘Word From The Chairman Of Buck Knives’ leaflet. The knife, stand and paperwork are contained in their original cardboard box emblazoned with ‘Buck Custom Knife’ and image of a knife smith at his forge in gold. The box has a removable lid and retains its original white cardboard sleeve. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15372:12
£245.00

RARE MAKER, WW2 U.S. Navy MK 2 Fighting Knife By PAL (PAL Blade & Tool Company Plattsburg New York) & USN Leather Scabbard. (Sn 14588:7 Daggers & Swords) - 14588:7
This is an original WW2 U.S. Navy MK 2 Fighting Knife made the uncommon to find maker PAL in its original scabbard. The grip is constructed of the correct compressed laminated leather washers and red spacers at the cross guard and pommel (see Silvey & Boyd’s book U.S. Military Knives Collector’s Guide, page 82 No 75 for illustration and page 91 No 177 for description where this type of knife by PAL is described as ‘uncommon’ ). It has a steel cross guard and a 6 ¾” parkerised bowie blade with fullers. The blade is crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘PAL’ on one side and ‘U.S Navy’ on the reverse. It is complete with its original leather scabbard with belt loop and retaining strap with brass press stud fastener. The scabbard is fitted with coiled thigh cord. The front of the scabbard is impressed ‘USN’. All markings are illustrated. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14588:7
£375.00

RARE, WW2 U.S. M3 Fighting Knife By Utica & Correct WW2 1943 M6 Leather Scabbard By SBL CO. (Sn 14588:5 Daggers & Swords) - 14588:5
The M3 Trench Fighting Knife was introduced in 1943 (see pages 100 & 106 of US Military Knives Book III By Cole and Silvey & Boyd’s U.S. Military Knives Collector’s Guide page 111 No. 211). M3 knives were produced by a number of American Manufacturers including Utica. M6 Leather scabbards were produced in 1943 for the M3 Trench daggers. These leather scabbards were only made in small numbers before introduction of the M8 scabbard. This is an excellent original WW2 American M3 Fighting knife. It has steel cross guard and the steel pommel is stamped with the Frankford arsenal ‘ignited grenade’ mark. The handle has the correct compressed leather washer construction. Its 6 ¾” long parkerised blade is undamaged. The blade is stamped 'US M3 Utica’. The knife is complete with its original rare brown leather M6 Scabbard. The scabbard is undamaged and all of its rivets & stitching are intact. It has a single belt loop & retaining strap with press stud fastener. The throat has the correct row of 8 reinforcing steel ‘laces’. The lower section of the scabbard has the correct riveted steel plates to the front and back. The bottom of the scabbard is holed for thigh cord with reinforcing ring and has its original coiled leather lace thigh cord. The front of the scabbard is impressed by the manufacturer ' SBL CO’ and 'US M6’ together with 1943 date. The price for this rare U.S. M3 Fighting Knife with M6 scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 14588:5
£625.00

WW2 U.S. Marines Medical Corpsmen USMC Village Blacksmith Bolo Knife / Machete With Correct 1944 Dated Thick Leather Scabbard By Boyt. (Sn 14588:3 Daggers & Swords) - 14588:3
These heavy bladed bolo knife / machetes were issued to U.S. Marines Medical Corpsmen and were made by a number of American companies during WW2 (see page 41 of ‘U.S. Military Knives Book III’ by Cole). Our example is in excellent condition The blade is 11 ¼” long, 2 ¾” at its widest point and 16 ½” overall length. The heavy blade is ¼” thick and has just light areas of staining consistent with age. The blade is stamped by the American manufacturer ‘Village Blacksmith’ and ‘USMC’. The full tang hilt has undamaged maple wood scales secured by 4 rivets. The original correct heavy leather scabbard has a brass throat mount, rear leather tab secured by rivets and brass wire hanger. The tab is correctly dated ‘44’ (1944) and stamped ‘USMC’ together with manufacturer name ‘Boyt’. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact with no damage. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14588:3
£375.00

WW2 Field Conversion U.S Marine Corps USMC KA-BAR Fighting Knife & Leather Scabbard With Integral Belt Loop. (Sn 14588:2 Daggers & Swords) - 14588:2
This is an original WW2 USMC Ka-bar Fighting Knife & Leather Scabbard (see pages 90 & 91 of Cole’s book U.S. Military Knives Book 3). This example has been contemporarily field converted. The conversion has shortened the original handle with compressed leather washers to 4 washers instead of 5 and the original steel pommel replaced by a brass pommel. The converted fighting knife fits the hand well. It’s 7” steel drop point blade has staining and stable areas of pitting consistent with age and service use. The blade has markings ‘KA-BAR’ on one side & ‘USMC’ on the reverse. It measures 11 ¼” overall length. The knife is complete with its original leather scabbard with integral belt loop & single retaining strap and press stud fastener. The front of the scabbard is embossed USMC and with the USMC badge together with KABAR’. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14588:2
£525.00

VERY RARE, WW2 U.S. Military ‘Western Cutlery Co Combat Knife (Fore Runner Of The Famous Ka-Bar USMC Fighting Knife) & Scabbard (Sn 14588:1 Daggers & Swords) - 14588:1
This is an original, very rare, WW2 era Western Cutlery Co USA combat knife (see page 60 Fig No.1 of US Military Knives Book III By Cole). These fighting knives were the fore runner to the famous USMC Ka-Bar fighting knife. It measures 13” in length overall length with correct, steel framed, compressed leather washer hilt, oval steel cross guard and 8” drop point blued blade. The blade is stamped by the manufacturer ‘Western Boulder Colo Pat’d ’. It is in its original correct brown leather scabbard with belt loop and retaining strap with press stud fastener. The female part of the press stud fastener is absent. The price for this very rare fighting knife includes UK delivery. Sn 14588:1
£595.00
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