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WW2 L Baker Custom Fighting Knife -US WWII Combat Dagger Collection/Leo—ID’d ‘44

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1 U.S. World War II Baker fighting knife.  This hard-to-find knife by Leo Baker would make a rare addition to any collection.

This fine combat knife is stamped on the blade 'L. BAKER'.  The handle is made of leather.  This knife has a steel guard, and a lead pommel.  This knife measures 12 1/4” overall.  A WW2 Baker is a seriously effective combat knife.  The blade itself measures 7 1/4".  Leo Baker made his knife blades out of files.  This knife shows the file grooves. 

The scabbard is correct for WW2 Bakers.  The top of the sheath is stamped '227’.  The soldier that carried this knife marked his initials on the front of the sheath 'R.B.'.  

There are some really cool features on this knife.  The back of the sheath suggests that this knife was either a gift to the soldier (he may have even been a medic or a doctor), or that guys signed on the back of the sheath send-off well wishes.  I can read “BEST WISHES FROM ALL   HURRY BACK   LT. COL. O.L. KANN   DR. N. PINTOZZI  LILLY’S INSPECTOR    CHAS. KRAATZ  YOUR INSTRUCTOR    3-1-44”.  

 

An ID'd knife is of special interest to collectors.  

This WW2 Baker fighting knife is in excellent condition.  The blade has some occasional small pits, as well as a few areas of oxidation (that will easily clean off—likely even by just scrubbing with an oiled cloth.  The handle is in nice condition.  The guard and pommel are nice and tight.  The sheath is in excellent condition as well. 

Specific Name Specific Value
Period World War 2
Country United States

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