An extremely rare 8" WWII Vintage Wide Blade Stiletto
This knife is very impressive. It falls into the "wide blade" category, an option in stilettos the shop offered during WWII. 1" to 1 1/8" is the range for a "standard" width. Narrow was as thin as 3/4", and I have seen one or two with 1 3/8" wide blades. While 1/8" to 1/4" in additional width may not seem like much, when in hand, the heft and visual impact is notable.
The name etched blade is slightly over 8"f (ar rarer than 7") in length and shows a patina that only comes with time. The blade is very well preserved for a carried knife. The Randall logo is blade stamped 2" from the hilt.
The brass hilt is an impressive 2 3/4" wide.
The leather handle has the cigar shape found during the war years, with this one being a bit earlier as it retains most of the girth and does not skinny down at the hilt as mid 1944 and later knife handles do. The handle is as tight as the day it was made and exhibits signs of handling and carry.
The spacer stack is 5 thick, one of the spacer arrangements used during the war depending on material availability. Brass washer and nut at the Duralumin butt.
The sheath is a very well made and sturdy period replacement. It is difficult to determine if a shop supplied Moore or Heiser sheath came with this knife, or if it was shipped without a sheath to the owner and he had his own made. United Carr is on the two rivets at the belt loop.
A great example of a rarer 8" blade I believe was made probably late 1943 to early 1944 and at a helluva price. You don't see these available very often. I don't think I have seen one for sale in at least 10-15 years.
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