Item:
ONSV21WOS51

Original U.S. WWII Airborne Schrade M2 No.1 Knife with Jigged Bone Handle

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Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. These M2 Paratrooper pockets knives with the early war issue "jigged bone" handles (scales or grip) are among the hardest to find on the market today. This wonderful example offered in very good fully functional condition is marked on the base of the blade ricasso as follows:

SCHRADE
CUT. CO.
WALDEN N.Y.

and:

U.S. PATS.
DEC. 21, 09.
SEPT. 13, 10.
JUNE 6, 16.

These blade markings definitely identify it as the early No.1 version, and it bears the correct jigged bone handle. These were available in this smaller 7 1/4" size, and in a larger 8 3/4" size, with a 4 inch clip point blade. The blade has been sharpened several times over the years, so it is a bit shorter than when issued (2 7/8"), and the profile is slightly different. This knife definitely seen significant use in the field.

The knife still functions correctly, opening and locking into place without assistance. The lock for the release button is also fully functional. The bone handle has a very nice color and aged patina, with just a small chunk missing near the top fitting.

A great service used example from WWII, ready to display!

Dimensions:
Blade length: 2 7/8”
Blade Style: Clip Point Knife
Overall length closed: 4 3/8”
Overall length open: 7 1/8"

Worn in the breast pocket of the Paratrooper M2 Jump Jacket these knives were intended for paratroopers to cut there parachute cords and anything else if they got entangled during a jump. Exceedingly rare and hard to find. For further research checkout this forum post about these knives and how to tell WWII knives from post war (this example is 100% WWII).

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