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WWII Brass Knuckle
Knife - authentic piece of militaria that I got from my uncle about 60
years ago. Go to full description below.
USS Whale (SSN-638) & USS SUNFISH (SSN-649) - Double Launch Oct '66, with Whale cachet on reverse. $4.50 (free shipping)
WWII Brass Knuckle Knife
Ever since the publication Harold Petersonís American Knives in 1958, this huge brass gripped "Knuckle Knife" has been identified as the 1st Battalion Army Rangerís Knife. However, the fact that a handful of these rather scarce knives have surfaced with markings indicating that their origin was in fact Australia, makes it clear that these knives could have never seen service with an Army Ranger battalion that spent its entire World War II career in North Africa, Sicily and Italy! Due to Petersonís identification of this pattern of knife as one that was issued to the famous Army Ranger unit, these knives will no doubt continue to be referred to by that name. They are, however, in reality simply very wicked and impressive theater knives that likely saw service in the Pacific Theater, or were simply purchased as souvenirs by US servicemen who visited Australia during the war.
To put it simply, the knife is an impressive specimen of Australian manufacturing. Its large size and formidable brass knuckle guard brings to mind the classic Crocodile Dundee clichť "You call that a knife, THIS is a knife!". The knife is about 14 1/4" in overall length, with a 9 1/4" bowie style blade with a 3" false edge and an overall width of 2" at the widest portion of the blade. The brass knuckle guard and hilt is about 5" in length, and the exterior of the guard is augmented with 6 flat cog-like projections, and a single pointed projection, closest to the blade. The brass hilt appears to have been cast directly onto the blade, and some brass has flowed onto the blade during the casting process. This is a good thing, as this particular feature is only noted on authentic and correct examples of these knives. Reproductions and fakes do not show the flowing brass on the blade at the ricasso. The projections are roughly filed into shape and the rough finished file marks are clearly evident within the projections of the grip. The interior of the knuckle bow shows even rougher hand finishing.
Overall this is a nice example of a very desirable World War II "Theater Knife" that has a long history of being misidentified. The knife has terrific eye appeal and would certainly make a great addition to any World War II knife or edged weapons collection - in spite of the blade pitting. A scabord is included but isn't the original scabbord. $395
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