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WW2 Era U.S.N. Marl 1 Fighting Knife and U.S.N. Mk1 Plastic Scabbard. ED 2564. - ED 2564
This is a very nice early Unitaed States Navy (U.S.N.) Mk1 knife made by Pal Blade Co. It is marked to the blade with U.S.N. Mk1 on one side and R.H. Pal 35 to the other side. It has a parkerised blade with a leather handle with black yellow and red spacers and a dull aluminium butt. See U.S. Military Knives by M.H.Cole item 23, page 81 for the identical knife. It is contained in its grey plastic scabbard marked to the front with U.S.N. Mk1 and to the rear with Nord – 8114 over B.M.Co 1/1 V.P. Markings highlighted with chalk which can be wiped. See M.H.Cole page 74-75 for illustration of Scabbard and early WW2 Mk1 in excellent condition. £375. ED 2564.

C1840 Large Original American Frontier Era, Fighting / Hunting Bowie Knife With Stag Antler Hilt & Leather Bound Wood Scabbard With Retaining Clip. Sn 18268 - 18268
This is a large 14 ¼” long, Bowie knife. This type of Bowie were used by Hunters & fighters in the wars against Native American Indians during the American Frontier era. This example has all the patina age and construction of a Frontier Bowie made in the early to mid 1800’s and was no doubt manufactured in that era either in America, or as was common, made in England and exported to America. This substantial piece has a curved, solid, one piece, Stag Antler hilt with heavy steel finger guard and steel cudgel pommel which could be used for striking an opponent during combat. The Bowie has a heavy, 1 ¼” wide, 9” long Bowie blade. The blade has staining consistent with age and is razor sharp. One side of the blade has a rubbed partially visible maker or retailer mark ‘******Sons’. The weight and size of this piece would have made it very useful for Frontiersmen as a fighting knife or hunting knife. The Bowie has its original leather bound wood scabbard which has a belt loop to the rear and steel clip which fastens to the finger guard of the knife when sheathed and retains it securely in the scabbard. The price for this piece of American Frontier history includes UK delivery. Sn 18268

WW2 Early US M3 Fighting Knife Blade Manufacturer Marked Utica Cutlery & M8 Scabbard With Integral Frog By BM Co (Beckwith Manufacturing Company). Sn 18278:2 - 18278:2
An original WW2 early US M3 fighting knife and M8 scabbard with integral frog in as found, un-messed with condition. It has an undamaged 6 ½” blade which has just staining consistent with age. The blade is crisply marked 'US M3 Utica’ (early M3 knives had manufacturer and model designation stamped on the blades. Later variants have those markings on the cross guard as it was believed stamping the blades risked weakening the steel). The compressed leather ringed handle is undamaged and has just light service wear to be expected. It has a steel cross guard and pommel which has the Frankford arsenal ignited grenade mark. The knife is complete with its original green plastic M8 scabbard with integral green webbing frog which has a single retaining strap and press stud fastener. The throat mount of the scabbard is stamped 'USM8' & by the manufacturer 'BM Co' (Beckwith Manufacturing Company). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18278:2

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 10/05) WW1 1918, U.S. Army Model 1917 Machine Gunner’s Bolo Fighting Knife By Plumb Philadelphia & Matching 1918 Dated Scabbard By Brauer Bros . Sn 18256 - 18256
The model 1917 U.S. Machine Gunner’s bolo knife originated from the form of the Springfield 1903 pattern bolo bayonet, identical to the bayonet but without bayonet fittings (see page 66 plates 316 & 317 of Fighting Knives by Fred Stephens). The hilt is steel with contoured wood grips secured by 2 screw bolts. It has a contoured flat steel cross guard holed for wrist loop and heavy 10 ¼” bolo shaped blued steel blade ideal for cutting dense foliage and digging machine gun emplacements. The ricasso is stamped on one side by the maker ‘Plumb Phil’ and dated ‘1918’. The reverse has model detail ‘Mod 1917’ and ‘U.S’ (U.S. Army). Its original scabbard is canvas covered wood with reinforced leather chape and brass wire hanging bar. The canvas has 3 small indistinct printed ink letters. The leather chape is impressed by the maker ‘Brauer Bros’ and has matching date ‘1918’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18256

U.S. Post War Ka-Bar Fighting Knife & Scabbard - ED 2550
This is a nice Ka-Bar knife as used in Korea and Vietnam. The knife is marked to the Ricasso with U.S. over CAMILLUS. This is the second pattern knife which was re-designed by Camillus and instead of the blade having a threaded nut in the pommel, this version has the later oblong tang with a steel pin to hold it. The grips are the standard compressed leather washers. The leather scabbard has all of its stitching intact. This is a nice Korea/Vietnam American fighting knife. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2550

WW2 U.S. Navy 2nd Type MK 2, (Early Ka-Bar) Fighting Knife By Robeson Shuredge & Early U.S.N. Leather Scabbard. Sn 18125:8 - 18125:8
2nd type MK 2, Fighting Knives had a pommel secured by steel pin (see page 86 of ‘U.S Military Knives by Cole’). 1st types had a threaded nut at the pommel. This is an original 2nd type WW2 U.S. Navy MK 2 Fighting Knife made by Robeson Shuredge (this company is listed as a WW2 manufacturer of these knives on pages 86 & 87 of Cole’s book). The grip is constructed of the correct compressed leather washers with correct 2nd type steel pommel secured at the butt by steel pin. The hilt is clean and undamaged with just light service wear. It has a steel cross guard and a 6 ¾” steel bowie blade which has just light staining consistent with age. One side of the blade is stamped ‘USN Mark 2’ the reverse is signed by the WW2 manufacturer ‘Robeson Shuredge’. It is complete with its original early leather scabbard with belt loop and retaining strap (the female part of the press stud is absent). Later MK 2 examples had scabbards constructed of plastic and webbing (see page 88 of Cole’s book). The scabbard is serviceable but has areas of wear consistent with age and service use. The front of the scabbard is impressed ‘U.S.N’. at some point in its life the name ‘Levers’ has been lightly hand etched into the leather. The tip of the scabbard is holed for thigh cord. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18125:8

American WW2 Mark 1 Fighting Knife And Scabbard. ED 2519 - ED 2509
This is an American WW2 Mark 1 fighting knife made by PAL. The ricasso is marked R H PAL within a circle 36 and MADE IN U.S.A. The blade is 6 inch fullered to both sides with a single edge and a short top edge. The crossguard is made of steel and the grip is made of leather washers with brown plastic spacers at the top and bottom. The pommel is made of aluminium with a crossed steel pin holding the blade to the grip. The scabbard is of brown leather, stitched and riveted with a press stud fastener. See M.H.Cole, U.S Military Knives, Paes 74 – 89. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2519

EXTREMELY RARE, ORIGINAL, Sterile WW2 U.S. Office Of Strategic Command (O.S.S. Special Forces) Smatchet By Case Cutlery USA & Original Leather Covered Wood Scabbard. Sn 16685 - 16685
During WW2 the American Company W.R.Case & Sons Cutlery co made smatchets for the American O.S.S. Special Forces who engaged in Espionage and Covert Operations behind enemy lines during the War. The U.S. Government requested that these knives were made without manufacturer or War Dept markings i.e sterile so that the origins of the weapon could not be determined if captured. These weapons are extremely rare. Examples of the O.S.S. Smatchet and scabbard are illustrated on page 156 of the book U.S. Military Knives III by Cole. Page 157 of the same book illustrates a letter from the president of Case Cutlery dated 1960 addressed to the author of the book confirming that Case Cutlery made sterile smatchets during WW2. This original example of the O.S.S Smatchet is excellent and undamaged. It has the correct large, blackened, leaf shaped blade 10 ¾” in length (16 ¼” overall) which is riveted to its undamaged slab wood grips. It has a large oval steel cross guard and alloy pommel holed for wrist strap, fitted with a later nylon wrist cord. Its scabbard is the correct wood covered leather with heavy duty stitching and rivets. It has a short retaining strap with press stud fastener and the rear has the correct diagonal riveted belt loop. Both the Smatchet and Scabbard are sterile having no manufacturer, Unit or WD marks as described in the previously mentioned letter from Case Cutlery. The price for this WW2 O.S.S. weapon and scabbard rarely seen on the collector's market includes UK delivery. Sn 16685

WW2 MK 2 2nd Type USN Ka-Bar Fighting Knife By Conetta & Korean War Era U.S.N. Black Leather Scabbard. Sn 15998:16 - 15998:16
The WW2 MK 2 type 2 fighting knives issued to the U.S.N. (United States Navy) has a heavy steel pommel secured by 2 pins (1st types had a threaded pommel nut, see page 86 of ‘U.S Military Knives by Cole’. This is a very good original example of the 2nd type WW2 Fighting Knife made by Conetta in its scabbard. The grip is constructed of the correct compressed laminated leather washers with correct 2nd type steel pommel secured at the butt by 2 pins. The blackened hilt is clean and undamaged condition. It has a steel cross guard and a 7" parkerised bowie blade. The cross guard is crisply stamped with manufacturer details "US Conetta’. It is complete with its original Korean war era black leather scabbard with belt loop and retaining strap with working brass press stud fastener. It is stamped on the front 'USN'. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15998:16

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
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