Item:
ONSV24KHE196

Original U.S. WWII Navy USN Mark 1 Fighting Knife by H. Boker with Leather Sheath - New Old Stock

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The Navy MK1 knife was used as both a utility knife and a fighting weapon. While some undoubtedly saw combat, particularly with Naval Aviators, these blades were mostly used for everyday functions aboard ship and ashore. The Mark I knives were Navy issued throughout WW2 and remained in inventory through the Vietnam war. They were purchased in huge quantities so replacements were not needed for many years.

From a collecting standpoint the beauty of the Mark I knives is in the wide variety of makers and blades that can be found. As for values, like most things USGI blades are evaluated based on scarcity and condition.

This knife is a nice solid example with all leather grip washers intact and present, made by H. Boker. The plastic butt cap is in great shape, with no major chips or dents, and is tight on the grip. The knife measures 9 5/8" overall, with a 5" clip point blade. The blade is nicely marked U.S.N. on the ricasso and H. BOKER / U.S.A. on the reverse. About 99% of the original blade finish remains.

The leather sheath is in fantastic condition and retains all 9 rivets as well as solid stitching. The retaining strap is still present, slightly worn but still fully functional.

Overall a nice example of an iconic knife used in WWII. No collection of World War II US military knives is complete without a Mark 1, and this is the perfect opportunity to acquire one with a great patina of age.

Dimensions:
Blade length: 5”
Blade Style: Clip-point "Bowie"
Overall length: 9 5/8”
Crossguard: 1 3/4”
Scabbard Length: 9 ¾”

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