WW2 Kinfolks V44 survival knife, part of the aircrew “bail-out” kit, original leather scabbard included; rare UNUSED condition – scarce this nice. FREE SHIPPING WITHIN THE U.S FOR THIS ITEM!
Scarce WW2 era US Air Force model V44 pilot survival/fighting knife by Collins & Co. in original Collins Legitimus No. 13 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 exact type is illustrated on pages 110 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 used but it is better than average condition – the blade is intact, no dings/ nicks on the blade’s spine or the guard; e few minor edge bumps near the tip are noted for accuracy. Better than the average condition for the type as most of these were worked to death. Ricasso is stamped COLLINS & Co. / “hand with hammer” logo / LEGITIMUS / MADE IN USA / No. 18; solid cast bronze cross-guard is unmarked. Black Bakelite handle is in excellent overall condition with just a few minor contact marks; all parts are tight with no play. This huge knife is about 14-1/4″ / 36 cm overall; the blade is about 9-3/8″ / 24 cm long. Original leather scabbard is in so-so condition – large cut on the back panel and near the throat; the tip has a “puncture wound” as well. This scabbard still hold the knife but at this point it is for display only. The throat is stamped COLLINS & Co. / “hand with hammer” logo / LEGITIMUS and large number 13; the leather is still soft and supple still. This original WW2 Collins Legitimus V44 survival/fighting knife will be a welcome addition to any collection.
This rare and attractive WW2 Collins Legitimus V44 survival/fighting knife and original leather scabbard set has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it is in 100% original “as is” condition. These are the actual photos; spent brass is not included with the lot 😉
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