Original WWII Large EG Waterman EGW Wood Grip Fighting Knife with Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. Offered in very nice condition this genuine E.G. Waterman Company of New York City produced WWII fighting knives. These knives were very popular among USGIs during WW2 due to their versatility. While not an 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 example has a hardwood handle, with leather spacers on the end. Overall length of the knife is 10 1/2 inches, with a 6 3/8 inch "bowie" blade, complete with a cap lifter. The ricasso is factory-stamped with the classic up-side down marking:
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 been used, but still retains much of the original factory hollow ground edge. It does not seem to have been sharpened much over time, so the blade still has the original shape. The blade is rust-free; the tip is intact though it has some small nicks. Wood grip is in good condition, though has some cracking due to age and moisture changes. Pommel ring and cap are slightly loose, as expected on a knife of this age.
The leather scabbard appears original, and is in good shape, though somewhat stiff from age. The snap is functional, and the securing strap is in great shape.
Overall a great used example of a quality private purchase large size fighting knife.
Blade Length: 6 1/2"
Blade Style: Clip-point "Bowie" Style with Can Opener
Overall length: 11“
Crossguard: 1 15/16”
Scabbard Length: 6 1/2" with Belt Loop
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