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Catalog Number 2015.025.035
Description Fighting Utility Knife with Leather Sheath, c. 1942-1946 used by Allan R. Brown during World War II. Small knife (A) has a 3" blade that curves up to the pointed end. Grip is wrapped in leather and has three depressions at bottom for finger holds. There is a small brass handguard between the blade and the grip and the handle end curves downward to also act as a handguard. Brown leather sheath (B) where blade goes in is sewn and reinforced with four brass brads. There is a small leather strap with a snap closure near top of the sheath for securing the knife in place.
Object Name Knife, Utility
Collection 3D - Armaments
Title Fighting Utility Knife with Leather Sheath, c. 1942-1946
Date c. 1942-1946
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "Kabar" (etched into blade just above handguard); "GENUINE / Ka..." (makers mark--all but worn away--in oval stamped into leather sheath)
Provenance Item belonging to Allan R. Brown during his tenure in the military:
-Served as a navigator for the Army Air Force in Germany during WWII from September 18, 1942 - January 10, 1946.
-After his plane was shot down, became a Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luftwaffe I in Barthe, Germany from1944-1945
-Served as a navigator for the US Air Force during the Korean War from August 10,1950 - August 9, 1952.
-Served in the Air force Reserves following both tours of duty through 1982.
Notes “Inevitably Mr. Brown finally joined the service. Going down to the draft office at the age of 19, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, or as we know it now, the United States Air Force. He was sent off to England where he was assigned to the 8th Air Force, 14th Combat Wing, 392nd Bomb Squadron based at Wendling. … Ultimately there came the mission when Allan Brown didn’t return – his ninth.
“On a mission over Munich where they were supposed to bomb industry, Mr. Brown’s bomber was hit by flak which locked the elevators. … Five to ten German fighters intercepted him and shredded the plane with their guns. The Liberator went up in flames. Three airmen were burned inside the bomber, while one died on the ground. The civilians that captured Mr. Brown called a Luftwaffe officer to pick him up, who then took him to solitary confinement at the air base in Munich. German interrogation officers … charged Mr. Brown as a spy, declaring that he had been dropped in for espionage work. …From the Interrogation Center, he was driven up to the cold regions of the Baltic Sea to Stalag Luftwaffe I, a prison camp for airmen who had been captured by the Luftwaffe. …On May18, 1945, the first Russian soldiers marched into the camp and declared every prisoner free.”
[“Allan Brown: A Biography” by Peter Allen Sparacino (Brown’s 13 year old neighbor’s 7th grade Literature class paper, May 21, 1997)]

"Camillus Cutlery Co., the first manufacturer to supply the 1219C2 combat knife under contract, also produced the largest number of such knives, producing over 1 million examples marked "Camillus.N.Y." on the blade's ricasso before the war ended.[2] Besides Camillus, the Union Cutlery Co., Robeson (ShurEdge) Cutlery Co., and the PAL Cutlery Co. all produced the Mark 2 combat/fighting utility knife under military contract during World War II.[27] The Union Cutlery Company, the first company to manufacture a knife trademarked KA-BAR, was founded in 1897 as the Tidioute Cutlery Co.[5] The Tidioute Cutlery Co. was dissolved and its assets taken over by Wallace R. Brown, who renamed the company Union Razor Co. which shortly thereafter became the Union Cutlery Company in 1909, headquartered in Olean, New York.[5] ...
"As its new name implied, the "Knife, Fighting Utility" was designed from the outset as a dual-purpose knife: it was both an effective combat knife and a utility tool, well-suited to the type of jungle warfare encountered by Marines in the Pacific theater.[23] This dual-purpose design resulted in some initial criticism of the pattern as being less than ideal for knife fighting, but combat experience of returning veterans as well as reports from the battlefield soon dispelled any doubts about its combat effectiveness.[23][25]"
Dimensions H-7.5 W-1.25 D-1.375 inches
Dimension Details in sheath
Search Terms Brown, Allan R.
World War II
World War Two
Subjects Fighting
World War II
People Brown, Allan R.