WWII US Camillus MK 2 Fighting 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.
This is a figthing knife used by the United States armed forces during World War Two.
manufactured by camillus. type MARK 2, U.S.N.
The design of the knife consists of a leather handle with several grooves placed at inrtervals. This
feature improved the grip for the handle. A flat, metal circular piece makes up the pommel. A rectangular
wedge secured the pommel in place.
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 consists of two sections of fiberglass sandwhiched together. A metal fitting is placed
in the throat area. This helps keep the fiberglass together. The following information is stamped
in the metal piece: " NORD-4723, B.M. Co. VP".
The tip of the scabbard has a small circular opening. This allows a leather cord to go through and
act as a leg tie.
The blade is single edge with a flat top. The throat section is marked in both sides. One side reads
"Camillus, N.Y.", the other side reads "U.S.N. Mark 2".
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.