Wed, Aug 16, 2017 10:00AM EDT - Thu, Aug 17, 2017 10:00AM EDT
6.31 in. long clip point blade with 2.5 in. false edge, 10.25 in. in overall length with cast brass knuckle knife hilt, with teeth or cogs cast into the guard.
This is the much scarcer "small" variant of the "1st Battalion Ranger" fighting knife, which appears on the market much less frequently than its larger cousin (See also Lot 135).
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 much scarcer "small" variant, which appears on the market much less frequently than its larger cousin.
Provenance: Property of N. Flayderman & Co.
About very good overall. Blade has a medium pewter patina with some scattered oxidation and surface discoloration, and some light sharpening. The tip is slightly worn and dinged. The cast brass hilt has a lovely golden patina and shows some flaws as well as some brass flow down onto the blade at the ricasso. The brass also shows some verdigris build up. Obvious hand-finishing file marks are present inside the cogs and the grip of the knife. While these knives have been reproduced for the collector market over the last few decades, this one is 100% correct and authentic and shows some real use. A nice example of a very scarce smaller version of a fierce-looking Pacific Theater knuckle knife from World War II.