Original WW2 era M3 Fighting Knife/Trench Knife – an early marked blade type manufactured by Imperial Cutlery in Providence, RI. This fine M3 comes with the rare early-war production M6 scabbard made in 1943 by L.J. Barwood Company. The M3 was issued in large numbers to the US airborne troops and saw combat in every theater of the war. Attached is the photo of the US Airborne gearing up in the summer of 1944 somewhere in England the day prior to D-day jump wearing similar M3s, although with newer composition scabbards. One paratrooper has his M3 trench knife on the hip; two other guys are armed with M3s tied to their legs (original photo is the courtesy of Wikipedia and is not included with the knife).
This specimen is about 11-3/4″ / 30 cm overall; the blade is about 6-3/4″ / 17.2 cm long. The blade is marked US M3 IMPERIAL on one side. The edge is mostly original with just a few gentle sharpening touches here and there; it is very sharp still, the tip is intact. The pommel is stamped with the standard “flaming bomb” US arsenal acceptance mark. Original leather washers handle with 8 grooves; iron cross guard and pinned iron hammer-like pommel. The handle is tight; the guard has a tiny bit of a play. Overall, WW2 era M3 Fighting Knife is in 100% serviceable condition still; this type is rare this nice.
This rare blade-marked 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 used, but it is in better than average condition for the type. The scabbard’s all-original stitching and rivets are intact; original leather keeper is complete and intact; steel plates are tight and secure. 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 early issue blade-marked M3/M6 set that survived the war is getting harder and harder every year – don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!
This WW2 Imperial M3 Trench Knife/M6 Barwood scabbard desirable set is guaranteed original or your money back. This rare and attractive WW2 Imperial M3 Trench Knife is in 100% original “as is” condition; these are the actual photos. Spent brass is not included with the knife 😉 I have a few American, German, British, Italian, and French fighting knives, as well as some scarce WW2 and WW1 daggers, trench knives and bayonets available for sale – please take a look in the Militaria section.
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