WW2 United States M3 Combat Fighting Knife. This one is very hard to find blade marked and dated: US M3 PAL 1943. Knife has the U.S. M6 1943 leather sheath with the lower tie down portion. Knife is very worn condition with some wear, spotting, graying, and use. Leather washers have some wear, however, still firm and secure. A great hard to find untouched early PAL M3 blade marked and dated combat knife in the early leather sheath.
Additional Notes: The M3 fighting knife was an American military combat knife first issued in March of 1943. The M3 was originally designated for issue to soldiers not otherwise equipped with a bayonet. However, it was particularly designed for use by forces in need of a close combat knife, such as Airborne Units and Army Rangers, so these units received priority for the M3 at the start of production. As more M3 knives became available in 1943 and 1944, the knife was issued to other soldiers such as Army Air Corps crewmen and soldiers not otherwise equipped with a bayonet.
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|Dimensions||14 × 4 × 3 in|