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#330313 - 07/07/17 08:58 PM Fighting knife mystery
Mike (aka Byzanti) Offline


Registered: 08/09/14
Posts: 2059
Loc: US of A
I have this fighting knife with walnut grips, odd pommel- unmarked but very well made and sharp (parkerized?) blade. All the personalization was done by a vet of the us signal corps of the ETO Albert J Anna (his serial number is on the scabbard, last name on the grips, enlisted in 1942.) any idea where this knife is from, what country or company? Thank you!


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#330325 - 07/08/17 07:34 AM Re: Fighting knife mystery [Re: Mike (aka Byzanti)]
Militarynut Online


Registered: 04/25/02
Posts: 732
Loc: PA/FLA
hi mike
your fighting knife was made here in america back in war time era no doubts in my mind if i was to guess it was made by one of many knife makers machinest experenced knife makers at this time all these americans made knifes for the war effort they made them out of what ever steel they could get thier hands on like old car springs/old files old hindges old steel tools etc just for some extra great information america made most all the english enfield rifles for england they were produced by savage arms utica new york hope i answered your question on your fighting knife the leather scabard is defenitly made for that knife next case please god bless all the historian andy militarynut

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#330385 - 07/10/17 10:22 PM Re: Fighting knife mystery [Re: Militarynut]
Gaspare Offline


Registered: 06/29/02
Posts: 9158
Loc: N.Y. USA
man that really looks like a 'last ditch' blade/knife. And yes an interesting pommel.. Anna huh. Wonder if its a real gal or just the name of his killing tool!
How long Mike? Looks long,,is it close to Bayonet length?


Edited by Gaspare (07/10/17 10:23 PM)

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#330386 - 07/10/17 10:50 PM Re: Fighting knife mystery [Re: Gaspare]
Mike (aka Byzanti) Offline


Registered: 08/09/14
Posts: 2059
Loc: US of A
I didn't measure, but I'd say the blade is 9 or 10 inches! I'm not sure it's a sweetheart- the GIs name was Albert J.Anna; so that's probably all it was. I had a guy tell me he thought it was an Australian knife. That was not my first guess I can tell you that!

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#330387 - 07/11/17 01:32 AM Re: Fighting knife mystery [Re: Mike (aka Byzanti)]
Gaspare Offline


Registered: 06/29/02
Posts: 9158
Loc: N.Y. USA
Aahh so just his last name.. I was hoping for a killer knife named after his sweetheart! I'm off, crazy I know it, but would have been cool! wink

Do you think maybe that handle was damaged and thats an old replacement. IF its an issue piece there are a couple really good fighting knife books [new & old] maybe one of the members will see this topic and have some info for you..

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#330389 - 07/11/17 02:01 PM Re: Fighting knife mystery [Re: Gaspare]
BAMA Offline


Registered: 05/11/11
Posts: 149
Loc: ALABAMA
My guess would be a theater made knife. Since the guy was in the signal corps Iím wondering if maybe the pommel might have been some kind of radio knob.

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#330395 - 07/11/17 10:03 PM Re: Fighting knife mystery [Re: BAMA]
Mike (aka Byzanti) Offline


Registered: 08/09/14
Posts: 2059
Loc: US of A
Wow Bama! That's a great thought! I will look st it again and take more pictures, it WAS the pommel that was throwing me.. but I swear I've seen it before- maybe you are right! Thanks for the insightful comment!

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