WWII US M3 Case fighting Knife -
A fighting knife, also commonly called a combat knife, is a knife designed for military use, specifically for close combat. Although since the end of trench warfare, most military knives have been primarily designed for utility
or tool use. Activities such as clearing foliage, chopping branches for cover, opening ammunition crates, etc.
Developed in 1943, the M3 figthing knife was manufactured in large quantities. The design consisted of
a leather handle with multiple grooves applied at intervals. This featured allowed for better grip of
the knife. The pommel is a metal, flat disc with a starburst pattern metal spike that attaches the
pommel to the handle. The blade was double edge, stilleto type.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for military fighting knives.
Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out
clearly defined points that should be noted.
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of the edge weapons in the collector's market is illustrated.
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The crossguard of the knife is marked as follows; "U.S. M3, CASE". We also have an M3 knife made by the
Boker company , and the
Utica company in the collection.
Early versions of the scabbard were made of brown leather.
The sides were stiched with heavy duty white cotton and re-enforced with metal rivets applied at regular
intervals. The tip of the scabard had a black metal platte. A wire hanger was attached to the top so
the knife could be attached to the utility belt.
The later model scabbard (as shown in this section) was made of fiber glass. Two pieces sandwhiched together.
Olive gree color. A metal piece was placed in the throat area to keep the scabbard together. A canvis
flap is riveted to the top of the scabbard. It has a horizontal section of canvis material with a snap to
hold the knife in place while in movement. The top of the flap has a wire hook which enables the knife
to be attached to a utility belt.
The M-3 knife was manufactured by the following companies;
| COMPANY NAME
|| BLADE MARKING
|| Aerial Cutlery Mfg. Co.
|| H. Boker & Co. / BOker
|| Camillus Cutlery Co. / Camillus
|| New York
|| W.R. Case & Sons / CASE
|| Imperial Knife Co. / Imperial
|| Kinfolks Inc.
|| Pal Blade & Tool Co. / PAL
|| Robeson Cutlery Co.
|| Utica Cutlery Co. / Utica
|| Viner Bros. / Viner