Original WW2 era M3 Fighting Knife/Trench Knife manufactured by H. Boker & Sons Company– the rarest WW2 era manufacturer of them all. Out of roughly 2.6 million M3s manufactured during the war, H. Boker & Sons Co. made just 31,300 M3s from 1943 to 1944. Only the early M3s were blade-marked – this is VERY hard to find type. This M3 comes with original M8A1 composition scabbard. Also, this fighting knife has the GI’s service number is hand-engraved on the guard: SN 325•44•2319 is meticulously engraved right at the base of the blade – the numbers are tiny, but clearly visible under a loupe. Further research is needed to positively ID the original owner.
This M3 is about 11-3/4” / 30 cm overall; the blade is about 6-3/4″ / 17.2 cm. The blade has been lightly re-sharpened; it is razor-sharp still; the tip is intact. About 80% of the original blade finish remaining. Stacked grooved leather washers handle; steel guard and hammer-like pommel; the guard is solid, leather washers are tight. The pommel has a tiny bit of a play. The pommel is stamped with the “flaming bomb” arsenal acceptance mark. This exact type is illustrated on pages 36 of KNIVES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WORLD WAR II book by Michael W Silvey – a well-established expert and the author of a number of books on the subject of the US military edged weapons.
Original M8A1 composition scabbard by Beckwith Manufacturing Company – marked US M8A1 / B.M. CO. on the throat; top plate underside is marked B 3/4 N. The scabbard is in great overall condition, considering the age – no cracks on the plastic, all parts are intact; the keeper is nice and tight. Overall, WW2 era M3 Fighting Knife is in 100% serviceable condition still. This Boker M3 Trench Knife WW2 fighting type is VERY hard to find in any shape or form nowadays; don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!
This original Boker M3 Trench Knife WW2 American Fighting Knife / M8A1 composition scabbard have not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original condition; these are the actual photos. Spent brass is not included with the knife 😉 We have several scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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