Original U.S. WWII Cattaraugus 225Q Commando Fighting Knife with Leather Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. In the Burma Campaign, the Chindits, whose long range penetration groups were trained to operate from bases deep behind Japanese lines, contained commandos (King's Regiment (Liverpool), 142 Commando Company) and Gurkhas. Their jungle expertise, which would play an important part in many British special forces operations post war, was learned at a great cost in lives in the jungles of Burma fighting the Japanese.
The United States formed the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II under the Medal of Honor recipient William J. Donovan. This organization was the predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and was responsible for both intelligence and Special Forces missions. The CIA's elite Special Activities Division is the direct descendant of the OSS. In mid-1942, the United States formed the Rangers. The United States and Canada also formed a sabotage ski brigade for operations in Norway who became known as the Devil's Brigade, officially known as the First Special Service Force, during their eventual service in Italy. Merrill's Marauders were modeled on the Chindits and took part in similar operations in Burma.
These specialized troops required specialized knives to do the job. Manufactured by Cattaraugus, the model 225Q was designed for use by the US special forces. The design features a very stout blade measuring approximately 6 inches, with an overall length of 10 1/4 inches. The handle is comprised of stacked leather washers with plastic spacers at the end, and a heavy checkered steel pommel.
This example is offered in good service used condition and comes complete with the original issue leather sheath. The finish on the blade is good, but repeated cleaning has made the original markings on the blade ricasso faint. It is however still quite sharp. The leather grip is now stained dark, but does not have any major damage. The plastic washer closest to the crossguard has cracked, probably from rust on the crossguard. The pommel is now slightly loose.
The scabbard is in good shape, with a lovely dark brown color. All stitching and rivets are intact, though the leather has cracked around some rivets and on the securing strap. This was definitely a knife and scabbard that saw significant use.
A very nice example, ready to display!
Blade Length: 6"
Blade Style: Single Edged with Slight Drop Point
Overall length: 10 1/2“
Crossguard: 1 5/8”
Scabbard Length: 8"
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