WWII US M3 Utica 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.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my fighting knife worth?".
A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the knives is
reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth
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., M-3, Utica". We also have an M3 knife made by the
Boker company , and the
CASE company in the collection.
Early versions of the scabbard, as shown in this section, were made of leather. We have another example of a