Original WWII EG Waterman EGW Leather Grip Survival Knife with Personalized Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available.  Offered in very nice condition this genuine E.G. Waterman Company of New York City produced WWII survival knife. These knives were very popular among USGIs during WW2 due to their versatility. While not official U.S. issue, private purchase knives were extremely common. Multiple variations were made with both wood and leather handles (see page 165 of U.S. Military Knives Collector's Guide By Silvey & Boyd). This is the more desirable leather washer handle version. Overall length of the knife is 8 3/4 inches, with a 5 1/4 inch drop point sawback blade, complete with a cap lifter. The ricasso is factory-stamped  with the classic up-side down marking, though it is mostly worn off:




The blade of the knife also appears to have had a name engraved onto it, but it is mostly illegible due to wear and cleaning. 

These fighting knives were popular with the troops during the war and most purchased knives were used as intended - in camps, trenches, and in combat. EGW's high carbon steel blades kept a good edge but were prone to rust; relatively few survived the War in presentable condition such as this.

This knife has definitely been used, and most likely saw much use after the war. It has been sharpened multiple times, so the blade shape is somewhat reduced. The blade is rust-free; the tip is intact though slightly worn. Stacked leather washer handle with steel guard and pommel, with all washers tight. The bakelite plastic washers are also in good condition. Pommel ring and cap are slightly loose, and the pommel loop is somewhat bent.

The leather scabbard appears original, and has been personalized with initials A.A.S., as well as with a drawing on the back of the scabbard. The leather is in good shape, though somewhat stiff from age. The snap is functional, though the retaining strap has some splitting.

Overall a great used example of a quality private purchase survival knife.

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