BATTERLESS KA-BAR MK V
VINTAGE DIVER’S KNIFE WW II
Made 20th Century
knife 13 3/4″ in sheath Blade 6 7/8″x 1 x 1/8 Hilt 4 1/2″ x 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″
by Battteryless Tel Equip Co. Inc.
Ferrule 1″ Sheath 8 3/4″ L x 1 7/8″ Dia Weight 3 lbs. 2 5 oz. Knife LOA 12 3/4″
Presented is a very good example of a Navy MK V dive knife that was made by the Batteryless Telephone Equipment Co. Inc.
of Pittsburgh. PA. Batteryless was a supplier of MK V helmet parts and is perhaps best known for the star valve that was fitted
to the MK V exhaust that carried its BTE imprint. The full maker’s name is imprinted on the sheath.The serrated blade is marked KA-BAR, Reg U.S. Patent, and Union Cutlery of Olean, NY.
The bronze sheath is in very good condition. The maker’s imprint on it is distinct. The wood grip has most of the varnish, which appears to be original. The blade is tight in handle and extends to the pommel cap. The blade is in good condition showing the minor discoloration expected of age.
There are tiny teeth along the full length of the top edge of the blade which in the picture are shown at the bottom. Batteryless was one of the low volume producers of MK V diving knives during WW II, so their knives are scarce and are prized by collectors.The upper edge of the knife blade has saw teeth while the lower edge has a very sharp knife edge. This style knife is still in production today by Morse and DESCO.