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DescriptionEveryone should own this hand forged USMC Marine Corps Marmeluke knife, a blade to honor the Marines. This exquisite Marine Corps knife is a limited production replica of the Marmeluke sword an image in the mind of a greatfull nation. Own the Marmeluke knife now before they are gone forever, a great gift for yourself or anyone who is a marine, a collector or just a person who appreciates beauty. This USMC Knife is constructed of white ivory style handles, stainless steel type blade with which is laser etched for eternity and brass style pommel and accents! This knife is quite the copy and tribute to the sword
 United States Marine Corps Today's U.S. Marine Corps officers' Mameluke sword closely resembles those first worn in 1826.
Marine Corps history states that a sword of this type was presented to Marine First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon by the Ottoman Empire viceroy, Prince Hamet, on December 8, 1805, during the First Barbary War, as a gesture of respect and praise for the Marines' actions at the Battle of Derne. Upon his return to the United States, the state of Virginia presented him with a silver-hilted sword featuring an eaglehead hilt and a curved blade modeled after the original Mameluke sword given him by Hamet. Its blade is inscribed with his name and a commemoration of the Battle of Tripoli Harbor.
Perhaps due to the Marines' distinguished record during this campaign, including the capture of the Tripolitan city of Derna after a long and dangerous desert march, Marine Corps Commandant Archibald Henderson adopted the Mameluke sword in 1825 for wear by Marine officers. After initial distribution in 1826, Mameluke swords have been worn except for the years 1859-75 (when Marine officers were required to wear the U.S. Model 1850 Army foot officers' sword), and a brief period when swords were suspended during World War II. Since that time, Mameluke swords have been worn by Marine officers in a continuing tradition to the present day.
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USMC Marine Corps Marmeluke Knife