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WWII USMC Australian Made Fighting Knife -
The United States employed a large number of fighting knives during World War two. Soldiers were able to purchase their own and they did so in very large numbers. These knives came in a variety of shapes, materials and textures.

The item featured on this page is an Australian made fighting knife. Used by the US Marine Corps in WWII. Single piece aluminum construction. This was not standard issue by the government. This was a private purchase.

The knife was issued with a brown leather scabbard. Rivets and heavy duty white cotton stitching were placed along the edges of the scabard to secure it shut. It cam with a belt slit and a snap to secure the knife in place.

Several variations of the fighting knife existed.

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 handle has a very distinctive checkered pattern. The hand guard is a single piece molded right into the handle. The knife has no markings. Most of them never did. However, some people tell me they have seen some with markings. I have not been able to verify that.

This is a picture of the Australian fighting knife outside of the scabbard. The worth of the fighting knife is discussed at the bottom of the page.

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.


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.

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Jan 6th, 2017
This theater made knife is in very good condition. Checkered handle. Double edge blade. Complete with the Brown leather scabbard. These knives are getting hard to find and are likely to continue going up in price over the years.

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