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Title San Marco Brigade marine commando knife
Nationality Italian
Period c 1940

This very rare knife has a black bakelite grip with the Fasces impressed into both sides of the grip. There is also the motif 'RM' on either side of an anchor for 'Reggio Marina' (ie Italian Royal Navy). This has a 8.25 inch blade, a full inch longer than the Fascist militia combat knife on which this blade is based.

The San Marco Brigade saw extensive service in the Mediterranean theatre and in North Africa. They are still part of the Italian navy today and, I believe, are currently serving in Afghanistan.

The condition is excellent: there is perhaps 30% of the original anodised finish to the blade; the scabbard would appear to have its original paintwork.

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

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


This is to confirm receipt of the item and I am very pleased with it.

P M, Australia, 02.05.2013

Yes, arrived safe and sound, very nice, and very interesting. Have a couple of friends in the States slavering over the pictures, one of them loves searching old lists, etc. If I can tie it down more definitely will let you know.

N R, UK, 19.10.2005