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UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS KABAR MARK II UTILITY/FIGHTING KNIFE – EARLY PATTERN BLUED BLADE, BLADE MARKED, USMC STENCILED SHEATH:  One of the most evocative edged weapons of World War Two, these United States Marine Corps Mark II Knives conjure up vivid images of the brutal amphibious assaults and the ensuing individual level of combat endured by the Marines during the war in the Pacific.  This early World War Two production Mark II Utility and Fighting Knife and Scabbard has survived in respectable condition with many of the desirable features sought by collectors.     

Manufactured by Kabar, of Olean, New York for the Marine Corps and so marked respectively on each side of the blade, this knife features a full form blade which still retains some the original blued finish.  The blue finish remains in the hollows and protected areas, having worn away on the high points where it bore against the leather scabbard.  The “USMC” and maker’s stamps are very legible and clear, and the blade shows no sign of heavy sharpening and the edge is smooth. The guard is full form with no wear or damage.  The leather grip is in excellent condition having no chips or wear spots in the leather and retaining the sharp edges to the concentric rings.  The pommel cap is the large or wide edged pattern, has a plum brown color and is peened in place on the blade tang without the cross pin of the later model.    

The original scabbard has seen enough wear that the maker’s stamp - “USMC”, “BOYT”, and the date – has worn away, but a bit of an imprint can still be discerned where it was applied.  The face of the body of the scabbard has a hand applied stencil in black ink, “U S M C” lettered vertically – probably applied by the Marine who carried this blade.  The scabbard is in full form with no breaks or tears, and the seam is intact.   The retaining strap has seen the expected use, but is intact with a functional brass snap closure.  The leather surface is smooth and live with no crazing or flaking, and shows just enough use to speak of having “been there” rather than having waited out the war on a shelf in a Navy Yard supply depot warehouse.       

This is very nice US Marine Corps Mark II that was obviously used in the field, and as a complete set, will make a fine addition to your collection.  (0628) $375



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