Original U.S. WWII Service Worn Airborne Schrade Edgemaster M2 No.2 Paratrooper Knife with Metal Handle
Original Item: Only One Available. Worn in the breast pocket of the Paratrooper M2 Jump Jacket, these knives were intended for paratroopers to cut their parachute cords and anything else if they got entangled during a jump. All of the versions are quite rare and hard to find, partly because they continued to be used after the war, and simply wore out.
This very nice service worn example offered in good functional condition, and is marked on the base of the blade (ricasso) as follows:
Edgemaster was a division of Schrade and discontinued production in 1958 with the federal ban on switchblades. However, this one dates to WWII issue. The earliest model of these had a "jigged bone" handle, but as the war progressed, a simpler textured metal grip design was introduced, which was painted black. Unlike other versions, this one came in two sizes, the smaller No.2, which was the same size s the No.1, and the larger No.3. These had an original overall length of 8 3/4", compared to the 7 1/8" inch of the No.2 and later No.4 and No.5. This example is the shorter No.2, which originally was 7 1/8" long with a 3 1/8" long blade.
This knife was definitely used extensively during the war, and possibly afterwards. It still opens correctly, though it needs a little help to lock fully open at times. The blade lock works, preventing it from opening or closing when not intended.
For further research checkout this forum post about these knives and how to tell WWII knives from post war (this example is 100% WWII).
NOTE: This knife is definitely considered a "Switchblade", so check local laws before ordering.
Blade length: 3”
Blade Style: Clip Point Knife
Overall length closed: 4”
Overall length open: 7”
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