WWII USCamillus Knife -
A fighting knife, also commonly called a combat knife, is a knife designed for military use, specifically for close combat. Although since the end of trench warfare, most military knives have been primarily designed for utility
or tool use. Activities such as clearing foliage, chopping branches for cover, opening ammunition crates, etc.
The item featured here is a Camillus figthing knife. Very similar design to the USMC Kbar knife. This was a
general purpose knife. It has a heavy duty blade. A blood groove is placed at mid-body and entends towards
the tip. Tha handle is made of leather with multiple grooves to enhance gripping. The pommel is a round
flat metal circle. It is held in place by a rectangular metal piece. Some of the knives were marked on
the pommel, this example is not.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for military fighting knives.
Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out
clearly defined points that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my fighting knife worth?".
A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the knives is
reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth
of the edge weapons in the collector's market is illustrated.
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The scabbard is made of brown leather. It has a belt loop in the upper portion. A single strap with
a snap surrounds the handle and keeps the knife from coming out of the scabbard. The sides are sewn
with heavy duty cotton thread. In addition, metal rivets are applied evenly spaced to strengthen the
The base of the blade is marked with "U.S., Camillus". Single edge blade construction. The tip points
This edge weapon is currently being reproduced.
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
If you have an interest is seeing other fighting knives, you can do so by going to our
Military Fighting Knives Price Guide
identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Army Air Force, USMC and other organizations.