This is a very nice U.S. World War I Model 1917 fighting knife with green leather scabbard that remains in excellent condition. The wooden handle is in excellent condition showing signs of very light use. The black finished, sheet steel stamped knuckle guard is nicely marked on the outside of the upper escutcheon, “US – LF&C – 1917” indicating manufacturer by the firm of LANDERS, FRARY & CLARK in 1917. The triangular blade is with original blued finish except for normal in/out wear. This finish has thinned over the years but is still present. There is an ever so slight wave in the blade down towards the tip. This is commonly caused by a thin blade penetrating flesh and hitting bone with blunt force … a sign of actual combat use. There are two small and shallow dings to the upper edge of the blade that are not overly distracting. The steel mounted green leather scabbard is with some scuffing to the finish down towards the tip. This is from actual field use rather than abuse. The throat and lower tip black finished steel fittings are firmly attached with both bearing a small, incised “MS”. The wire bale for attachment to the belt is undamaged and functional. A nice example that is untouched, proper and correct in every respect. This knife was not only a favorite during the trench fighting of the First World War but also during the Second World War as well.