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North American Frontier Era, Buffalo Hunters Skinning / Fighting Knife With Dismountable Blade Polished Horn Scales, Bronze Bolsters & Period Leather Scabbard. Sn 17196 - 17196
This type of knife were used by Buffalo Hunters during the American Frontier era. This example has all the patina age and construction of a Frontier piece made in the early to mid 1800’s most likely in North America. It has polished horn scales which are secure but do have light surface hairline cracks. The hilt has bronze bolsters (similar to the bronze seen on firearms of the period such as Winchester’s Yellow Boy Carbines). One bolster has the initials ‘CS’ scratched into it (most likely a previous or original owner of the knife). The 5” blade has staining and patina consistent with age. The knife measures 9 ½” overall length. There are no visible manufacturer marks on this piece. This knife has a steel lever with bronze thumb spur lug. The hinged lever opens from the frame to allow the blade to be unhooked from a spigot within the frame of the knife, most likely to allow removal for cleaning/ sharpening or insertion of another type of blade or tool such as a small hatchet blade. The Bowie comes with its period open top scabbard with leather stitched seam and riveted metal belt bar. The leather & stitching are intact but has patina and wear to be expected with age. The price for this knife worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 17196

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY) Ontario Knife Company USA (OKC) RAT-5 Survival / Fighting Knife Favoured By U.S. Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan With Scabbard. ED 2488 - ED 2488
The Ontario Knife Company was formed by three gentleman in Ontario County, New York in 1889. Their early production knives were manufactured with a water-run grindstone, loaded up in a pushcart and sold throughout the neighbouring countryside. In 1902, the company moved to it’s current location in Franklinville. The company went through a few changes over the years, but they always remained in Ontario County. In 1923, production of the famous Old Hickory line would begin, which would put Ontario on the map. In the modern era the Company made weapons for the USA army. The Ontario RAT 5 is a member of the RAT series that was designed by Jeff Randal and Mike Perrin from ESEE Knives. These knives are designed and built to be used in the field. The RAT series is used and carried by outdoorsmen worldwide. They are also very popular among military personnel, including U.S. Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The RAT 5 features full-tang construction – made from a 3/16R43; thick slab of 1095 High Carbon Steel. It also has durable Micarta handles, featuring 3 strong hex-head fasteners for easy maintenance or customization. The 5 ¼” black powder coated blade of our example is clean and has the correct saw back section. It measures 10 ½” overall. The blade is marked with RAT-5 designation and by the makers ‘OKC USA’ (Ontario Knife Company). The knife is complete with its original nylon scabbard which has an empty pocket with flap and stud fastener. The scabbard also has its original nylon webbing belt carrier assembly with stud fastening retaining strap and plastic buckle arrangement. The scabbard strap is embroidered ‘Ontario / RAT-5 USA’. The scabbard is fitted with thigh cord. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2488

WW1 1917 U.S. Military L.F. & C (Landers Frary & Clark), Henry Diston & Sons Design, Trench/ Fighting Knife. Sn 16960 - 16960
In 1917 several designs were submitted to the U.S. Ordnance Department for a new fighting knife. The design by Henry Diston & Sons, Philadelphia was chosen over others (see pages 22 – 23 of Cole’s book U.S. Military Knives).This is an excellent original example of the Diston design Model 1917 Trench/ Fighting Knife. The blade is a simple but effective blackened 9” blued triangular spike (14 ¼” overall) secured to a contoured walnut grip with finger grooves. At some point in its life, one side of the hilt has the letters ‘WEK’ lightly scratched into wood. The edges of the steel knuckle bow bears a row of pressed pyramid shaped steel knuckles. The grip also has a pyramid steel pommel nut. The guard of the bow is crisply stamped 'US L.F&C (Landers Frary & Clark) 1917". The original green leather scabbard has blackened fittings including an integral brass belt hanger all in great condition. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16960

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

RARE, WW2 C1941 Pacific Theatre U.S. Marines & Signal Corps Victor Tool Co ‘Woodman’s Pal’ LC-14-B Fighting Machete With Knuckle Guard & Original Correct LC-14-B, A.A. Hamel Olive Green Webbing Canvas Scabbard With Zip & Belt Loop. Sn 16681 - 16681
The Woodman's Pal was developed by Frederick Ehrsam in 1941, and quickly established itself commercially as a superior tool for the forest or jungle. During World War II the tool was issued to the U.S.M.C, Signal Corps and other soldiers under the nomenclature "Knife LC-14-B" for brush clearing or as a survival tool / fighting weapon (see page 131, item 144 of ‘United States Military Knives Collector’s Guide’ by Silvey & Boyd). It came with a scabbard that had a zipper down one side, a strap at the closure and a belt bar. The LC-14-B could be attached to a pistol belt or other attachment point equipped with the hanger grommets. The LC-14-B was manufactured for the Army by Victor Tool Co. of Reading, PA. Our example is in excellent condition. The blade is 12” long, 2 5/8” at its widest point and 16 ¼” overall length. The blade has the correct agricultural form crow’s beak/ scythe head which is 5 ¼” wide. The parkerised blade is in excellent condition, sharp with no damage. The blade is stamped ‘Woodman’s Pal 280 Trademark Pat Applied For Victor Tool Co. Reading, PA’. The handle is made of stacked leather washers with a steel hand guard. The handguard is stamped on the back "LC-14-B." The original canvas webbing scabbard has the correct belt bar, press stud retaining strap, zip and belt loop. The zipper is fitted with a small leather pull cord. The body of the scabbard is clean and undamaged. The front is ink stamped 'US' (Army). The rear 'A.A. Hamel Victor Tool Co'. The inside of the scabbard has open top pockets and is ink stamped "LC-14-B" together with manufacturer information ‘A.A. Hamel’ ( all illustrated). The price for this rare WW2 jungle warfare piece includes UK delivery. Sn 16681

VERY RARE, EARLY PRODUCTION, MATCHING WW2 1943 DATES, U.S. M3 Fighting Knife With Blade Marked By Imperial & Correct WW2 USN M6 Leather Scabbard By Barwood & Coiled Thigh Cord. Sn 16592 - 16592
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 fighting knives. These leather scabbards were only made in small numbers before introduction of the M8 scabbard. This is a very good, original & very rare to find WW2 early production American M3 Fighting knife. It has steel cross guard and steel pommel. The handle has the correct compressed leather washer construction. The leather has contemporary hand inscribed name ‘Forbes’ most likely the name of the U.S. Soldier issued with the knife. Its 6 ½” long blade is undamaged and has just light staining to be expected. The blade is stamped 'US M3 Imperial’ & dated ‘1943’. 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 fitted with original coiled leather thigh cord. The front of the scabbard is impressed with manufacturer detail , designation & date ‘Barwood U.S. M6 1943’. The price for this very rare U.S. M3 Fighting Knife with M6 scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 16592

WW2 U.S. Collins & Co Legitimus No.18 V-44 Combat / Survival Bowie Knife With Polished Horn Scales & Scabbard. ED 2450 - ED 2450
An original WW2 United States V-44 Combat and Survival Bowie knife by Collins & Co (see page 67 of Stephen’s book ‘Fighting Knives ‘ and plate 322 which illustrates a Collins & Co Legitimus No.18 mark the same as our example). Officially a survival knife the U.S. Marine Corps used them as a fighting knife against the Japanese. It is a large knife measuring 360mm in length and with a slab polished horn scales secured by 5 rivets. It has a brass cross guard. The Bowie type blade is 238mm length with drop point and twin fullers. The blade is marked with crisp manufacturer’s mark ‘Collins & Co, Crown & hammer trademark, Legitimus Made In USA No.18’. It is accompanied by its brown leather scabbard with rear riveted belt loop. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2450

RARE, KA-BAR FIGHTING KNIFE CONNECTIONS, C1910 American Keenwell Mfg. Co. Olean, NY (Union Cutlery) Bowie Knife, Hatchet Axe Combination With Interchangeable Blades & Correct Original Tooled Leather Scabbard. Sn 16277 - 16277
The American Union Razor Company was started in 1898 by Wallace R. Brown a grandson of Job R. Case in Tidioute Pennsylvania. The operation was soon moved to Olean, New York where Union produced Olcut, Keenwell and Ka-bar stamped knives. The company also changed its name from Union Razor to Union Cutlery Company. They continued to produce high quality cutlery until around 1977. This is an excellent, rare to find Bowie knife hatchet combination stamped with the Keenwell Mfg Co mark. According to the Houston Price Guide to knives this stamping was used around 1910 by Union Cutlery. The brass and steel frame hilt has steel bolsters and Ivory hue smooth celluloid scales secured by brass pins. One bolster has an adjustable steel screw with knurled edge. When the screw is undone it allows the hatchet and knife blades to be changed. The tangs of the knife and axe have a round recess which fits the screw thread in the hilt securely. The cutting edge of the knife blade is 5” length and it has a ribbed recess section in the back edge of the blade. The blade has just light staining consistent with age. The blade is crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘Keenwell Mfg Co Olean, NY’. When configured as a knife the knife measures 9 ¾” overall length. The hatchet blade has just light staining consistent with age and is marked with matching manufacturer detail. The cutting edge is 2 ½” length. When configured as a hatchet it measures 12” overall length. The knife blade edge and hatchet head blade are both sharp. The combination comes with its original leather scabbard which securely houses the combination configured as a knife with retaining strap and press stud fastener together with a separate integral pocket with flap cover and press stud fastener which houses the hatchet blade. The brown leather scabbard has heavy duty reinforced stitched and riveted edges. The leather has tooled decoration to the front aspect and single belt loop to the rear. All leather, stitching & rivets of the scabbard are clean and intact. The price for this rare to find combination includes UK delivery. Sn 16277

WW2 MK 2 U.S. Navy MK 2 Kabar Fighting Knife With USN Mark 2 Grey Plastic Scabbard By BM Co & VP. Sn 14588:9 - 14588:9
This is an original WW2 era Mark 2 Ka-Bar fighting knife & Scabbard (see page 78 of the book ‘United States Military Knives Collector’s Guide By Silvey & Boyd No. 63 for illustration & page 89 No 166 for description). This example is in excellent 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’ on one side and ‘USN MK 2’ on the reverse. It has a 7” clean, blackened, bowie blade with fullers. 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-4723 BM Co (Beckwith Manufacturing Co) /2’ 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 14588:9

WW2 Early US M3 Fighting Knife Blade Manufacturer Marked Imperial & M8 Scabbard With Integral Frog By BM Co (Beckwith manufacturing Company). Sn 16136 - 16136
An original WW2 early US M3 fighting knife and M8 scabbard with integral frog. It has an undamaged 6 ½” blade which has just staining consistent with age. The blade is crisply marked 'USM3 IMPERIAL' (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 leather ringed handle is undamaged and has just light service wear to be expected. It has a steel cross guard and pommel. The knife is complete with it's 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 16136
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