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.
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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;
| 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
The location of the marking can vary. Early models were marked horizontally on the blade. Other
models were stamped on the crossguard or the base of the blade.
We also have an M3 knife made by the
CASE 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.
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
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.