Original U.S. WWII Western L76 Double Edged Combat Stiletto with Original Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Western was known to have made some of the finest fighting knives of WW2. Although they never had any major government contracts they sold thousands of knives through private and unit purchases. One of the most well known was this example here, the L76. It features a double edged "stiletto" blade, similar to "commando" knives issued to many fighting forces during WWII. The Marine Corps had considered it, but did not like the blade, so the single edged L77 was developed.

This L76 features a lovely stacked leather washer grip with red and black plastic spacers at the top and bottom, with brass spacers around the red. The grip is in good condition, showing a dark stained finish from use in the field. The pommel is aluminum and secured by two steel pins going through the tang. The blade itself shows use, and signs of past sharpening and polishing to remove light peppering. The blades on these were bright steel, so it is correct that there is no finish anywhere on the blade. The brass crossguard has no bends or damage, though it is somewhat loose.

The blade has the correct maker and patent marking on the blade ricasso:


The leather scabbard is in lovely condition, double stitched all around with a total of 9 rivets securing both sides. The only issue with the scabbard is that the leather around the "female" snap is cracked, as is the leather around the male snap. We do not recommend fastening the snap together to avoid damaging the leather.

This is truly a wonderful knife and is in great condition for being almost 80 years old! Comes ready to display!

Blade Length: 6 7/8”
Grip Length: 4 1/4”
Total Length: 11”
Scabbard Length: 7 + belt loop

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