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This is a US Army Air Force V-44 Survival knife. As issued during WWII. Manufactured by the Kinfolks Company. Large black handle held in place by three rivets. the crossguard is made of brass. It extends to both sides and has a ball shape on each end. The knife was issued in 1944.

The blade is the Bowie style. With a single edge and a point that curves upwardly. The blade is of fairly good size. two small grooves run parallel near the blunt side of the blade.

The V-44 knife was issued as part of the survival equipment of flight crew members.

The scabbard is made of brown leather. The front is smooth while the back is sewn at the center. An extra section of leather makes up a belt loop. The ends of the loop are riveted to the main body of the scabbard.

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