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WWII USMC Australian Made Fighting Knife -
The United States troops employed a large number of non-standard knives during WWII. The soldiers were allowed to purchase their own knives and bring them into combat with them. That they did in large numbers. One aspect that makes these knives so interesting is the variety of materials, designs and texteures they provided.

The item featured on this page is an Australian made knife. Employed by USMC personnel during WWII. The knife was not official issued equipment. This is a private purchased knife.

Of single piece of aluminum construction. The handle has a checkered pattern. Half loop handguard. The knife was provided With a brown leather scabbard. Three rivets and heavy duty white cotton stitching are placed on the edge of the scabbard to provide strength. A downward strap with a bronze button secures the knife into place. An angled belt slit is also provided.

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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This picture provides a closer look at the aluminum handle of the theater made fighting knife. A checkered pattern is provided to allow for better gripping. The half loop handguard can also be employed as a striking surface. The pommel is protruded, this feature could also be employed for executing a downward hit on the enemy's head.

Theater made knives have increased in desirability among collectors in recent years. The value of the Australian fighting knife is covered 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 Camillus knife is dark in color. The handle, blade and scabbard are painted near Black. In very good condition. The value of this knife is likely to go up but in a slow fashion due to the large number of knives produced.

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