Original U.S. WWII Theater Made Fighting Knife with Texas Themed Leather Scabbard dated 1943
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful U.S. WWII "Theater Made" fighting knife, 11 1/2 inches in length, with an 6 1/4 inch steel clip 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 or from steel components, and the hilts were cast from metals such as aluminum or zinc.
The handle of this knife is made from layers of stacked plastic, mostly clear, with a few black layers as decoration. It has an interesting repurposed crossguard, and a large "skull crusher" style pommel nut. Condition is quite good, though the blade definitely suffered corrosion at some point, which was then cleaned away, probably before it was made into a custom knife.
The knife comes with a very interesting "box shaped" scabbard, which has been covered with white finished leather. It has a "Texas Longhorn" head near the throat, with a metal image of a young girl attached to the middle. There is also a label closer to the bottom dated 1943, along with a short leather tassel. The scabbard also has a belt loop with a securing strap attached, which is still functional.
Definitely an interesting piece of WWII Militaria. Ready to research and display!
Blade length: 6 1/4”
Blade style: Single Edged Clip Point "Bowie"
Overall length: 11 1/2”
Crossguard: 3 1/2”
Scabbard length: 7 3/4" with belt loop
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