Original U.S. WWII 1st Battalion Ranger Aussie Large Cog Guard Knuckle Fighting Knife - Identified Owner

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Edward J Handelman ASN from Pittsburgh, PA was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Force and was stationed in Australia with the Fifth Air Force during WW2. He passed away in 2007 and  obituary can be found at this link. Included in this fantastic World War Two fighting knife set are the following items:

- Original Wartime Dog Tag named to Edward J Handelman ASN .

- Original knife 9.25 inch long clip point blade with 3 inch false edge, 14.25 inches in overall length with cast brass knuckle knife hilt with U.S. in grip, and teeth or cogs cast into the guard.

- Reprint of Original wartime photo taken in Australia (the family kept the original) in original thick paper frame of Sgt. Handelman holding his 1st Battalion Ranger cog knife.

While long ago identified as the "1st Battalion Ranger" knife in Harold Peterson's book American Knives, these brass-knuckled fighting knives have been subsequently identified as being the product of Australia, and saw service in the Pacific Theater during WWII. These knives were produced in a "small" and a "large" variant, with nominally 6.25 in. and 9.25 inch blades respectively. These impressive looking fighting knives are an essential part of any collection of WWII theater and fighting knives. This is the large version, which is somewhat easier to find than the smaller variant, but both are difficult to find on the market today.

Condition: Very good overall. Blade has a medium pewter patina with some scattered oxidation and surface discoloration, and some light sharpening. The tip is perfect. The cast brass hilt has an uncleaned, deep bronze patina and shows some flaws as well as some brass flow down onto the blade at the ricasso. Uncommon U.S. on grip. Obvious period correct hand-finishing file marks are present inside the cogs and the grip of the knife.

Comes complete with original leather scabbard in very good condition. The scabbards are very often missing so this is a very nice addition to the knife.

While these knives have been reproduced for the collector market over the last few decades, this one is 100% correct and authentic and shows some real use. A very nice example of a scarce, and fierce-looking, Pacific Theater knuckle knife from World War II. If you've been wanting one, this is the one to add to your collection!

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