Nation's Attic Diving Into History 2023

Scarce Ka Bar WW2 Vintage Mark V Divers Knife

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Start price: $750

Estimated price: $1,500 - $2,500

Buyer's premium: 20%

Sales Tax: On the lot's price and buyer's premium

This is the famous & desirable US Navy Standard Diving Knife used in conjunction with the Mark V diving helmet. During World War 2, several companies were contracted to make these knives. Many companies did not apply their name as it was not required. One such company that did proudly apply its name was Union Cutlery! Union Cutlery, located in Olean, New York, is quite famous today for its high-quality knives. While famous for their knives made for the US Marines, Union Cutlery also produced a KA-BAR knife for divers – specifically the US Navy! The government contracts to make the KA-BAR for the Navy were apparently small, as few examples exist today. The combination of rarity and world-famous name make the Union Cutlery KA-Bar US Navy Standard Diving Knife a top piece to find with knife, diving, and WWII collectors.

This example retains the original heavy brass sheath. The base of the blade has the Union Cutlery on one side, KA-BAR on the other side clearly. There are some slight signs of age and light use, but no major issues. The blade is still sharp, and all the teeth are intact. The wood handle does have some flaws towards the end, predominantly on one side. The black and handle are solid with no wiggle. This knife has some honest character that, in our opinion, adds to its visual appeal.

All items will be shipped with a signature required upon delivery and full insurance either via FedEx or the USPS Priority Mail. Worldwide shipping is available; however, no ocean freight will be offered on large items. DHL Express is an option for international shipments under 600 pounds via air. Payment via bank wire for customers outside the USA is required. A shipping quote prior to the auction can be provided by emailing your postal code. International bidders are advised that some countries do not allow the importation of knives. Nations Attic is not responsible for shipping charges going or coming back if your countries customs denies delivery. Rejected items can be consigned into a future sale as there are no refunds.