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This is an M3 fighting knife. As issued during WWII. This is an earlier unmarked version. The handle is composed of a series of compressed leather rings. Black bakelite sections are found at each end of the handle. The pommel is made of steel. The blade is of double edge construction. No markings.

The scabbard is made of leather. A total of 12 rivets enforce the perimeter along with heavy duty cotton thread. A single snap secures the handle area. Small pieces of metal are placed along the entry opening.

The M3 fighting knife or M3 trench knife was an American military combat knife first issued in March 1943. The M3 was originally designated for issue to soldiers not otherwise equipped with a bayonet. However, it was particularly designed for use by elite or 'shock' forces in need of a close-combat knife such as airborne troops and Army Rangers, and these units received priority for the M3 at the start of production. As more M3 knives became available in 1943 and 1944, the knife was issued to other soldiers such as Army Air Corps crewmen and soldiers not otherwise equipped with a bayonet, including soldiers issued the M1 Carbine or submachine gun.

The M3 trench knife was discontinued in August 1944. After the M1 Carbine was modified to accept a knife-type bayonet, the M3's blade and handle design was incorporated on the new bayonet, officially designated the Bayonet, U.S. M4.

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 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.

If you have an interest is seeing other fighting knives, you can do so by going to our Military Fighting Knives Price Guide identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Army Air Force, USMC and other organizations.

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Jan 8th, 2017
These type of knives are sought after collectors. Unmarked. The scabbard is made of leather. An early production. This is a good example to buy. The value will increasr over time.

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