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    Posted: May 23 2015 at 11:47am
Military dive knife or?

    I found this knife in one of my Father's boxes.

    My Father was a Corpsman from 1937 to 1957 and he never shared anything about it. Never spoke about his time in the military.

    I do not see any markings.

    Any ideas?









Over all length: 13 inches,

Blade length: 7-3/16 inches

Blade width (at widest) 1-3/8 inches

Grip length: 4-1/2 inches


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First impression, it looks more like a fighting knife than a diver's knife to me. Diving knives tend to be big & clumsy-looking because they also double up as a hammer/prybar underwater.

Not betting money on it though!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Canuck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 23 2015 at 1:51pm
Interesting to be sure! I vote for it being a fighting knife, origin to be determined at a later date. There could possibly be markings under the corrosion though.
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I will check and see what I can find.

The handle is made up of stacked leather washers.

I am thinking more on military knife as well.




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Like the stacked leather washers on a KABAR military knife.
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Since it is steel sometime after 1000 AD, beyond that any ones guess.
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Found something quite similar to your knife. Here is a picture I gleaned from the internet. "WWII Fighting Knife made by Leo F. Baker. The double edge blade is 7 3/4" long and made from a file. The scabbard is original to the knife. This exact knife is pictured on page 79 of Mike Silvey's WWII Book.."
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Looks like a prototype Fairburn Sykes.
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Without the thick Ricasso part, hhmmm maybe?
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The memeory bank in my noggin seems to say "U.S. fighting knife" Now I may be off base here (cuz I'm old as dirt), but I THINK it was called the M1 fighting knife...Again - its from a memory that has a tendency to fade.
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