Really nice early WWII fighter dating from mid-1943.
Blade is a full 8 1/8" with some minor staining but no pitting or rust. Really just shows a nice patina that only comes with age. The blade grind on this knife was from a short period in 1943 when there was no 'hump' and it more resembled a later blade. This didn't last long with the heavier style blade with the 'hump' quickly returning and lasting through the end of the war, and a bit beyond. Not many of this style blade grind around.
Thin brass hilt in excellent shape.
Spacers and handle are tight with no issues at all.
Brass furnace link and brass nut top off the duralumin butt cap.
Period leather wrist thong.
H. H. Heiser sheath is in fantastic condition showing the Heiser logo and an "8" stamped on the front of the sheath, not the reverse. Solid stitching front and back. No crazing of stone pouch or keeper strap. Keeper and stone pouch snaps are solid and in excellent working order.
This is simply a great example of a rare 8" WWII fighter that is an outstanding addtion to anyone's collection.
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