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Title Commando knife marked for 9th US AAF/US MC
Nationality American
Period c 1945-50

The US Marine Corps (etching on the blade) fought in many areas during WW2, including the Pacific and Europe. The 9th US Army Air Force (emblem embossed on the scabbard) was effectively the US air force in Europe in WW2, with a fighting record stretching from N. Africa through Sicily and Italy to D Day and beyond.

This is not the standard issue Marine Corps Fairbairn-Sykes issue knife, which was of much cruder construction, but more likely a private purchase piece. The distinction between the standard FS hilt construction and this piece is that, in the latter case, the pommel button is recessed into the hilt, a feature I have not seen before on an FS knife.

The US MC etching on the blade appears to be photo etched, since it is very lightly etched, suggesting a post-war commemorative inscription. The blade has most of its factory polish. The hilt is alloy (aluminium possibly) with a steel or iron cross guard.

The dichotomy between the badge on the scabbard and the inscription on the blade could simply mean that the owner transferred between these units at some point. The scabbard is clearly made for the knife and there is aluminium residue on the leather of the scabbard where the pommel is held by the spring clip.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Dirks : American : 20th Century]


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

Thanks for selling my collection. I am very pleased with the results.

J D, USA, 05.04.2011