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Vietnam War Era US Camillus 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.

The item featured on this page is a figthing knife. Used during WWII. The handle is of leather construction, which was a common occurrance at the time. The grip is enhanced by having a series of indentations.

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The scabbard is of leather construction. Heavy cotton stiching is applied around the edges and is furthered strengthen by using metal rivets in key locations. The scabbard was originally brown in color. The fact that is is black indicates one of two thing; the knife was re-issued for the Vietnam war. some of the scabbards were dated or had the name of the manufacturer stamped on them. The one featured here does not have any markings.

The base of the blade contains the following markings: Camillus, New York, USA.

The blade is of thick construction. Single edge. The tip is reminiscent of the bowie style.

The pommel consists of a flat round piece. It is attached to the handle by wedging a rectangular piece of metal through the center. This was a common manufacturing practice at the time. Some samples have markings in the pommel - This one does not have any.

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 4th, 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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