This is a V42 fighting knife. As issued during WWII to special forces in the South pacific theater. The pommel
ressembles a pointy hat and is fully integrated with the handle, which is manufactured of metal with a series of
circular grooves designed to improve gripping ability.
The crossguard is rather interesting. It appears to be composed of two separate pieces sandwhiched together.
It almost gives the appearance that they are coming apart. The blade is of double edge construction. No markings
are found anywhere in the knife.
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clearly defined points that should be noted.
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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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This edge weapon is currently being reproduced.
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
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Military Fighting Knives Price Guide
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