Original WWII U.S.M.C. Theater Made Fighting Knife with Scabbard - Marked "The Canal", "Gavutu" & "Iwo Jima"
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful WWII U.S. Marine Corps "Theater Made" fighting knife, 12 inches in length, with a 7 inch steel spear point blade and lovely wood grips. These knives were made by the armorers and engineers on request. The larger ships needed to have skilled fabricators on board to make repairs and modifications to weapons and gear. Often the blades were made from existing weapons or from steel components, and the hilts were cast from metals such as aluminum or zinc.
Others, such as this fine example, were equipped with wooden grips, which are retained with 3 copper rivets. The knife has an oval crossguard, and the U.S. Marine that owned this knife decorated the grip during their time in the Pacific. They carved a nice USMC EGA insignia, over which they engraved THE CANAL, with GAVATU underneath (most likely the island Gavutu). The other side of the grip has a large IWO JIMA engraving.
The knife is in good condition, showing some oxidation on the blade, which has a peppered patina overall. It is still relatively sharp, and would have been very useful during the "Island Hopping" campaigns of the Pacific Theater of WWII. It comes complete with a leather scabbard, much in the style of other theatre made knives we have seen.
A very nice theater made knife from WWII, a reminder of a Marine's travels during WWII. Ready to display!
Blade Length: 7"
Blade Style: Spear Point Double Edged Knife
Overall length: 12“
Scabbard: 9 1/4" + belt loop
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