Original U.S. WWII RH PAL 50 “Boy Scout” Fighting Knife with Correct Leather Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fantastic minor field used condition example of the RH PAL 50 fighting knife, manufactured by the PAL Cutlery Company and is often referred to as the “Boy Scout” or Boy Scout knife, the same style from their line of so called “Boy Scouts. It comes complete in a correct scabbard but is not marked PAL.

According to The Official Price Guide of Collector Knives by C Houston Price & Mark D Zaleysky, PAL was originally used as a trademark by the Utica Knife & Razor Company of Utica, NY from about 1924-1939. PAL marked knives of that era used blades imported from Germany, and the blades typically bore the word "Germany" as well. Another company using the name PAL was established in Chicago in 1934. This company was known as the Pal Blade Company of Chicago, and was started by Otto Kraus. In 1935 the two "PAL" companies merged into one, known simply as the PAL Blade Company, and opened a manufacturing facility in Plattsburg, NY. Around 1940 PAL purchased the cutlery division of the Remington Arms Company, including of their existing stock of completed knives and knife parts.

While PAL was originally a manufacturer of pocketknives, after the Remington acquisition they expanded their range of products to include a variety of fixed blade knives as well. PAL received a number of US government knife contracts during World War II and produced thousands of combat knives during the war years. Pal went out of business in 1953.

This particular example was manufactured by the PAL Cutlery Company and is clearly marked on the blades ricasso: RH (PAL) -34 / MADE IN USA on one side and is not marked on the other side. The knife is in near unissued condition, still with the original arsenal grease on the blade portion. The finish on the blade is untouched, with just some oxidation on the factory ground edge. The hilt is composed of multiple thin leather washers, with the ones closest to the cross guard being black, red, black plastic. This same multi-colored washer pattern occurs near the cast aluminum pommel cap as well. The grip is like new though the aluminum pommel cap does have light scratching present, though minor they are still visible.

The scabbard is quite worn and may have been added to the knife even though it is the correct type. The leather body does have staining present, scratching and verdigris buildup but is still in solid condition.

Overall a fantastic example of an iconic knife used in WWII. Comes more than ready for further research and display.

Blade length: 4 ⅝”
Blade Style: Clip-point "Bowie"
Overall length: 9 ¾”
Crossguard: 1 ¼”
Scabbard Length: 5” + 4 ½” Belt Frog

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