Sometimes your A-team is just not good enough. For whatever reason, it cannot get the job done and you are forced to call in the reserves. It happens all the time. Take baseball for example. Every man that has managed a team has had to lift his ace in the early innings and make a call to the bullpen. It is inevitable.
War is much the same. Reserve troops can be crudely compared to a bullpen. When the front lines need bolstering, reserve troops stand ready to fight. Side arms exist much for the same reason. When your primary weapon becomes inoperable or impractical, just reach for that trusty pistol. Better yet, reach for that trusty trench knife. Or should I say rusty, since trench knifes are no longer issued. When they were, the M3 trench knife was a viable option.
Fortunately, Keepshooting.com just received some excellent reproductions of the M3 trench knife along with some leather M6 scabbards. And when I say excellent, I do not use the term lightly. Originally designed in 1943, the M3 trench knife was a fighting knife issued to soldiers otherwise unequipped with a bayonet. Though its service life was short, its lethality was quite grand. Featuring a razor-sharp, bayonet-style point alongside sharpened edges, the M3 was suitable for both stabbing and slashing motions. It is sure to find a home with both reenactors and collectors alike.
This Italian-made M3 trench knife is a reproduction item. It is sold with the M6 scabbard as a collectible and is now available for $72.
As noted, the M3 trench knife is not an original surplus item – it is a reproduction, and an excellent one at that. As such, it is in perfect condition, ready for display as a collectible or adding to your World War II reenactment gear.
As I mentioned, the M3 trench knife was originally designed in 1943 as a replacement for the Mark I trench knife that was issued to troops during World War I. Intended for those soldiers who were otherwise unequipped with a bayonet, priority was often given to airborne troops and elite forces such at the United States Army Rangers who had a need for weapons suitable for close-quarters combat. The M3 trench knife had a lifespan that was cut short by the introduction of the M4 bayonet for the M1 Carbine. The M4 bayonet doubled as a fighting knife and rendered the M3 trench knife obsolete.
I would not go on about the quality of this reproduction if it were not worthy of such praise. This Italian-made trench knife is so close to the original that rather than compare the features and dimensions of both, I can just tell you about the reproduction to give you an idea of the original. Shall we?
The M3 trench knife is equipped with a narrow, carbon steel blade with a parkerized finish that measures approximately 6.5 inches long and features a razor-sharp, bayonet-style point. Also noteworthy is the 3.5-inch secondary edge that runs alongside the full-length edge. The ring grip wooden handle provides a no-slip grip and unmatched comfort as well as an authentic appearance. You will also notice a steel crossguard with an angular bend on one side. This bend acts as a thumb rest and allows the wielder to take several different fighting grips. The knife has an excellent weight distribution which provides great balance.
The M3 trench knife was originally issued with a riveted leather M6 scabbard as opposed to the later M8A1 scabbards. The leather M6 scabbard features two steel plates at the end to prevent the knife from piercing the scabbard and injuring the leg of a soldier. There are also two rawhide ties that allow you to tie the scabbard to your leg. This was a popular method of dress for paratroopers that needed quick access to a knife in order to cut parachute lines. As noted, the M6 scabbard is included with your purchase of the M3 trench knife.
Those interested in WWII history will surely be drawn to this knife, but you may consider it for any of the following:
- Display piece
- Movie production
- Much more…
Note: This item is being sold to you as a collectible. Please check your local laws for any regulations that prohibit the ownership of a knife of this design. To purchase this knife, you must be at least 18 years old. An adult signature may be required when delivery is made.