This is a US Navy fighting knife. As issued during WWII. Manufactured by the Camillus company of New York.
The pommel is made of bakelite. This is a variation of the standard pommel which is normally made from aluminum.
The handle consists of a series of leather rings which are compressed together. The crossguard is a straight
oval piece of metal.
The scabbard is made of leather. The sides are riveted and sewn together to ensure a longer life under adverse
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This is a close view of the bakelite pommel. The metal locking retainer is visible at the center. Also visible
is the upper strap of the scabbard. It has a metal snap which secures the knife in place when put into the
The base of the blade is marked with the letters USN. The edge of the blade shows some nicks, a clear indication
that this was a working knife.
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
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.