WW2 Camillus 1943 M3 fighting knife 1943-dated blade, rare original US M6 leather scabbard made in 1943 by L.J. Barwood Co. (missing belt hanger). The set in very good condition, considering the age.
Original WW2I era US M3 Trench Knife manufactured by Camillus Cutlery – one of the largest war-time makers of edged weapons for the US government. Camillus made 403,000 M3s from March 1943 to August 1944 when the M3 production ended, but only relatively few early 1943 M3s were blade-marked and dated. This is VERY hard to find M3 type, especially with the original M6 scabbard included.
Original leather washers handle with 8 grooves; iron crossguard and pinned hammer-like pommel. Lether washers had shrunk a bit with age so the guard and washers have a bit of a play play. The knife is 11-5/8″ / 29.5 cm overall; the blade is 6-3/4″ / 17.2 cm long. The blade is marked U.S. M3 CAMILLUS 1943 on one side. The blade, guard, and the pommel have been repainted in with non-reflective black coat (it doesn’t look like original finish to me). The edge has been polished and sharpened, it is razor-sharp still, including the upper edge; the tip is intact. The pommel is stamped with the “flaming bomb” US arsenal acceptance mark.
This rare M3 comes with the equally-rare US M6 leather scabbard made in early 1943 by L.J. Barwood Company. Barwood produced just 29,000 M6 scabbards in 1943; VERY few actually survived the war. The scabbard is well-used; the belt hanger section is missing. I’m not sure if the knife was field-modified for “boot carry” the top section was simply torn off; either way – it’s completely gone. The scabbard’s all-original stitching and rivets are intact; steel plates are tight and secure but the leather is pretty dry and frail. The “anti-puncture” steel plates were designed to prevent accidental leg cuts to a wearer during parachute jumps, crouching, etc. There are 8 “staples” on the scabbard’s mouth; all are intact; the throat is stamped U.S. M6 / BARWOOD / 1943. The M6 sheath was costly to produce and did not fare well under the stress of combat. Metal parts were prone to corrosion and leather would rot in contact with seawater. The M6 was produced for just 8 months in 1943; it was quickly replaced by a cheaper and more durable M8 composition scabbard. Finding an original 1943-dated M3/M6 set that survived the war is getting harder and harder every year – don’t miss your chance!
This WW2 Camillus 1943 M3 fighting knife/M6 Barwood scabbard desirable set is guaranteed original or you money back. This rare and attractive WW2 Camillus 1943 M3 fighting knife is in 100% original “as is” condition; these are the actual photos.
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