c1968 Japanese Made Vietnam Era US Navy Pilot Survival Knife

£150.00




An original Vietnam war era, Mint Unissued American US Navy Pilot’s Survival Knife that was made in Japan under contract to the US military.

Based on a near exact copy of the US Navy Pilot survival knife, this example has a 5 inch blade (12.5 cm), which became standard after 1961. Prior to that the knife blade measured 6 inches (15 cm). The blackened blade has a bowie shape with a shallow fuller and a saw edge at the top. There are no maker’s stamps or numbers on it. The crossguard is rectangular with 2 small holes. The pommel finishes in a large hexagonal bolt. The handle is made of leather rings, with 4 deep cut grooves to improve the grip. The pig leather sheath has a pocket which houses the sharpening stone. The handle strap has the early style popper and is stamped HATO HASI. The sheath has a leather cord to allow the knife to be strapped to the leg.

Condition is as new. It is one of 3 that we bought with its original cardboard box. The stores number is 615/5N.

Size: 26.25 cm (10 3/8 inches
Weight: 300 g