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US WW2 F J RICHTIG Fighting Knife -WWII F J R Clarkson Neb -Frank -Nebr -js

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1 vintage U.S. World War 2 Richtig fighting knife.  This fine Richtig knife would make an important addition to any collection.

This knife was made by a legend in knife-making.  Frank Richtig had a secret steel tempering process that allowed him to slice through railroad spikes and automobile leaf springs.  Frank would demonstrate this at county fairs--after slicing a railroad spike or leaf spring, he would slice through a piece of paper with the same knife.  Frank earned himself a spot in a 'Ripley's Believe It or Not' magazine in the 1930's.  These knives can be used for decades, because of Frank's superior craftsmanship.

This knife measures 12 1/4" overall.  The blade itself measures 7 3/4". 

The Richtig fighting knives with this handle configuration, a handle that includes aluminum, were never marked.   He was visited by the War Department, and was told not to use these materials.  He did it anyway--for the War effort, and avoided marking his knives to avoid any kickback from the War Dept.  The pommel has an extended lanyard ring. 

 

This vintage U.S. World War II Richtig fighter is in excellent condition.  The carbon steel blade has the expected darkening.  The spine of the blade has hammer marks--one would like to hope that Frank Richtig hammered this blade through a railroad spike or leafspring.  

Specific Name Specific Value
Period World War 2
Country United States

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