During WWII, before knives had the sealed leather handles, the heat and humidity would make the leather fall apart, leaving the issued knife unusable. Soldiers would rebuild the handles using whatever material they could find that would not be affected by the extreme environment. Handles were often constructed of plastics, woods, or metals, leaving the knife in a colorful display.
KA-BAR custom shop, in collaboration with H.L. Dalis, has now created a special limited edition of the Pacific Theater knife in two versions. Only 100 pieces of each version were made, and each knife is numbered on the butt cap.
No two knives are exactly alike, making them unique. The handles are constructed in colored G-10 and compressed leather discs. The knives are made of 1095 Cro-Van steel and offered in either gun-blued blades or natural steel blades. They come with a stitched and stapled leather sheath, just as they were issued back in WWII.
These knives are an exclusive and only offered through special dealerships as single knives or as sets of two with matched numbering.
These knives are a collector’s dream and a real tribute to the innovative soldiers of the Pacific Theater: first time made, never to be produced again.
Original Pacific Theatre Knives are becoming increasingly rare and are regarded as true military folk art.
Once they are gone, they are gone.
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