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WWII M3 Fighting Knife Leather Scabbard-
This is a leather scabbard for the M-3 fighting knife. it was issued during the early days of the war. The sides were stiched with heavy duty cotton and re-enforced with metal rivets. A wire hanger was secured to the top. This was employed to hang the knife from the utility belt.

The knife was commonly used by paratrooper forces.

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

The tip of the scabbard has a black metal insert. This provided extra support. The throat of the scabbard has the following information stamped: "US M3, Viner bros., 1943". The M-3 knife was developed in 1943.

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.


The value for the Fighting Knives and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Value $60.00 $70.00 $80.00 $850.00 $85.00 $90.00 $90.00 $100.00 $100.00 $110.00 $120.00 $120.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A A A A A A A A

Year 2018 2019
Value $110.00 $100.00
Availability Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A

Jan 8th, 2017
This is a very nice scabbard. Collectors often have knives without them and will look for them to comnplete their knife. This scabbard will go up in value in the next few years.

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