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 large V44 pilot survival/fighting knife manufactured by Kinfolks in Little Valley, NY during the war. Rare unused condition with hard-to find original scabbard is included. The V44 was issued to the USAF and some Commonwealth aircrews as part of their “bail-out” survival kit stored under the pilot’s seat (see photos). This big boy was an all-purpose knife for fighting and survival in harsh conditions in the Pacific theatre of operations. This exact type is illustrated on page 164 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 scans in the photos). This specimen is unused condition and is VERY rare as such – most of these handy knives were used in the field as intended; very few specimens survived the war in better grades.
This huge fighter is about 14-5/8″ / 37 cm overall; the blade is about 9-1/2″ / 24.2 cm long. The edge appears to be factory-original; it is razor-sharp still; the tip is intact; a few minor scratches along the edge and some surface rust (cleanable) are noted for accuracy. No typical ding marks the blade’s spine or bronze double-guard – excellent condition for the type. Ricasso is stamped KINFOLKS INC. on one side; solid cast bronze “double-ball” cross-guard is unmarked. Black plastic handle with 3 white metal rivets is in excellent overall condition. No dings or contact marks on the pommel and guard; all parts are tight with no play. Original brown leather scabbard is in very good condition as well, considering the age – the leather is soft and supple, the belt hanger and all original stitching is intact. The scabbard’s tip has a few wrinkles from careless drops but overall the scabbard is in 100% serviceable condition even now.
These huge WW2 era survival knives are getting very hard to find nowadays, especially in better grades. This original WW2 Kinfolks V44 survival knife/leather scabbard set will be a welcome addition to any collection. This rare and attractive WW2 Kinfolks V44 survival knife / 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.
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