Wed, Aug 16, 2017 10:00AM EDT - Thu, Aug 17, 2017 10:00AM EDT
9.25 in. long clip point blade with 2.75 in. false edge, 14.25 in. in overall length with cast brass knuckle knife hilt, and teeth or cogs cast into the guard.
While long ago identified as the "1st Battalion Ranger" knife in Harold Peterson's American Knives, these brass-knuckled fighting knives have been subsequently identified as being the product of Australia, and saw service in the Pacific Theater during WWII. These knives were produced in a "small" and a "large" variant, with nominally 6.25 in. and 9.25 in. blades respectively. It is generally believed that while some of these knives saw combat use as private purchase weapons, the majority of the extant examples probably came home as souvenirs. These impressive looking fighting knives are an essential part of any collection of WWII theater and fighting knives. This is the larger version, which is somewhat easier to find than the smaller variant.
Provenance: Property of N. Flayderman & Co.