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This is an M3 fighting knife. As issued during WWII. Manufactured by the Imperial company. This example is in very good condition. Leather rings make up the handle. an interesting aspect of it is that there are two black Bakelite pieces at each end. The pommel is stamped with a flaming bomb.

The leather scabbard shows wear. The name has been written in the front section. This scabbard is of early production. The bottom section is enforced with an extra section of leather attached via four large rivets. Same size metal piece is placed in the front.

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The M-3 knife was manufactured by the following companies;

Aerial Aerial Cutlery Mfg. Co.
Boker H. Boker & Co. / BOker
Camillus Camillus Cutlery Co. / Camillus New York
Case W.R. Case & Sons / CASE
Imperial Imperial Knife Co. / Imperial
Kinfolks Kinfolks Inc.
PAL Pal Blade & Tool Co. / PAL
Robeson Robeson Cutlery Co.
Utica Utica Cutlery Co. / Utica
Viner Viner Bros. / Viner

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 the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

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Value $400.00 $450.00 $500.00 $540.00 $560.00 $575.00 $600.00 $610.00 $630.00 $650.00 $675.00 $700.00
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Jan 8th, 2017
These type of knives are sought after collectors. The blade is stamped. The scabbard is made of leather. An early production. It is also named. This is a good example to buy. The value will increasr over time.

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