Collins Legitimus American WW2 V44 Survival Fighting Knife original scabbard marked Collins & Co. #13; part of the air crew “bail-out” kit. Great condition; VERY rare this nice
Scarce American WW2 era US Air Force model V44 pilot survival/fighting knife by Collins & Co. in original leather scabbard. V44 knives were issued to the USAF (and some Australian) aircrews as part of their survival kit during the War; it was an all-purpose knife for fighting and survival in case of a bail-out. This type is illustrated on pages 110-111 of KNIVES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WORLD WAR II book by Michael W Silvey – a well-established expert an author of many books on the subject of US military edged weapons (see the book’s page scan in the photos).
This specimen is rare slightly used condition – original edge on the blade, no dings/ nicks on the blade’s spine or the guard. Better than the average condition for the type. Ricasso is stamped COLLINS & Co. / “hand with hammer” logo / LEGITIMUS / MADE IN USA / No. 18; solid cast bronze cross-guard is unmarked. Black plastic handle is in excellent overall condition; one small chip on the but of the handle is noted for accuracy; all parts are solid with no play. This huge knife is about 14-1/4″ / 36.2 cm overall; the blade is about 9-1/2″ / 24.2 cm long. Original leather scabbard is in very good condition, considering the age, the throat is stamped COLLINS & Co. / “hand with hammer” logo / LEGITIMUS and large number 13 . The leather is still soft and supple, the stitching is intact; the scabbard is in 100% serviceable condition even now. These huge WW2 era V44 survival knives are VERY hard to find in unused condition; this Collins Legitimus American WW2 V44 Survival Fighting Knife original scabbard will be a welcome addition to any WW2 collection.
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