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US PAL RH 36 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 US fighting knife. Manufactured by PAL. The handle is made of a series of compressed leather rings. At certain intervals the color of the rings is changed from dark brown to yellow or red. The pommel is of aluminum construction. Some samples may have been steel or wood.

The blade is of single edge. The tip has a slight Bowie type design.




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 knife featured here does not have a scabbard. However, it would have been made of two fiberglass sections sandwhiched together. A metal fitting is placed in the throat section. The tip has a circular opening where a leather string can go through and act as a leg tie.

The base of the blade has the markings "RH,PAL, made in USA, 36" on one side. A series of "RH" knives were produced during the war. All of them were similar in construction but had slight differences, primarily reflected on the blade.

You can see the following "RH" knives here: RH 35, RH 36, RH 50.





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 the collectible.



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.




PRICING GUIDE INFORMATION

The value for the Fighting Knives and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $30.00 $40.00 $57.00 $65.00 $70.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A


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