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WWII USCamillus 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 here is a Camillus figthing knife. Very similar design to the USMC Kbar knife. This was a general purpose knife. It has a heavy duty blade. A blood groove is placed at mid-body and entends towards the tip. Tha handle is made of leather with multiple grooves to enhance gripping. The pommel is a round flat metal circle. It is held in place by a rectangular metal piece. Some of the knives were marked on the pommel, this example is not.

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The scabbard is made of brown leather. It has a belt loop in the upper portion. A single strap with a snap surrounds the handle and keeps the knife from coming out of the scabbard. The sides are sewn with heavy duty cotton thread. In addition, metal rivets are applied evenly spaced to strengthen the seam.

The base of the blade is marked with "U.S., Camillus". Single edge blade construction. The tip points slightly upwardly.

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.


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Jan 4th, 2017
This Camillus knife is not in very good condition. The value of a knife is directly proportional to its condition. The future value of this item will go up very slowly if at all.

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