WW2 CASE XX straight guard M3 fighting knife – parkerized blade, original leather sheath, unissued condition – VERY rare as such
Original WW-2 era scarce “straight guard” type American M3 fighting / trench knife in unissued condition manufactured by Case Cutlery; a rare type and VERY rare in mint shape. This M3 comes with original brown leather sheath; also mint and unissued. This rare type is illustrated on page 44 of KNIVES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WORLD WAR II book by Michael W Silvey. Mr. Silvey is a well-established expert author of many books on the subject of US military edged weapons.
The knife is about 11-1/2” / 29.2 cm overall; parkerized blade is about 6-3/4″ / 17.2 cm; original factory edge; the tip is intact. Stacked and polished leather washers handle – all washers are tight; heavy hammer-like oval steel pommel and steel guard. The handguard is stamped CASE on the top side. Brown leather sheath in excellent; all stitching and rivets are intact; the leather is still soft and supple. This rare M3 is 100% serviceable and in excellent shape overall; super-hard to find in minty unissued condition – it would make a great addition to any collection.