Original U.S. WWII Named U.S.M.C. Theater Made Fighting Knife with Sheath - 2nd Marine Division
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful U.S. WWII "Theater Made" fighting knife, 11 3/4 inches in length, with a 7 1/4 inch plated steel 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 or from steel components, and the hilts were often cast from metals such as aluminum or zinc.
The handle of this knife is made from layers of stacked plastic, wood, copper, aluminum, brass, and other materials, making for a very colorful hilt. Both the pommel and crossguard are made from clear plastic. Condition is very good, with a bit of plating loss and oxidation on the blade, which is still quite sharp.
The scabbard is custom made, looking to be made from leather and maybe some cow skin, which has now lost all the fur. It fits the knife well, with a working securing strap. The best part however is definitely the back, which is named to the Marine who owned it:
The 2nd Marine Division was active in the Pacific theater of WWII, and took part in the Guadalcanal Campaign, the Battle of Tarawa, the Battle of Saipan, the Battle of Tinian, and the Battle of Okinawa. They also occupied Nagasaki after the Nuclear strike.
Definitely an interesting piece of WWII Militaria with some solid research potential. Ready to display!
Blade length: 7 1/4”
Blade style: Single Edged Curved Blade
Overall length: 11 3/4”
Crossguard: 1 5 /8”
Scabbard length: 7 1/2" with belt loop
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