Original U.S. WWII Named Custom Fighting Knife Knife Made From Krag Rifle Bayonet With Canvas Sheath - First Sergeant Joseph Schiliro
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful U.S. WWII "Theater Made" fighting knife, 12 ½ inches in length, with a 7 inch spear point blade. These knives were made by the armorers and engineers, usually in the Pacific theater. The large capital ships needed to have skilled fabricators on board to make repairs and modifications to weapons and gear. Usually the blades were made from existing weapons like this one or from steel components, and the hilts were cast from metals such as aluminum or zinc, while this one appears to have had the wood grips removed and wrapped with bandaging for padding.
The handle of this knife looks to be made of wrapped ace bandage and medical tape. The knife is in great shape, though the blade has definitely been used. Long term storage in a scabbard is a common cause of rust damage, but this blade does not show any damage whatsoever. The actual blade of the knife is from the bottom section of an M1892 Krag Rifle bayonet. There is no crossguard and the pommel appears to have been unaltered.
The tape is nicely marked with the following years and information:
U. S. ARMY
1-T/Sgt Josph. Schiliro
The knife comes with a nice canvas scabbard which is original to the knife and is marked with the matching serial found on the tape handle. It looks to not have been adapted from something else like these theater made knives are usually paired with. The canvas appears to have been hand cut from a larger excess of material. There is no retaining strap, however there is a strap present for tying to the thigh.
Definitely an interesting piece of WWII Militaria. Ready to research and display!
Blade length: 7
Blade style: Single Edged Clip Point
Overall length: 12 ½”
Scabbard length: 11 ¾” with belt loop
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