WWll V-42

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WWll V-42

WWll V-42

Brand:  KaBar
Your Price:$108.90
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WWll V-42
WW ll V-42 Special Forces Knife with Scabbard

V-42 Special Forces Knife

This faithful reproduction is razor sharp and battle ready. It features a 1095 Carbon blued steel double edged blade, (both edges are razor sharp). It has a grooved thumb rest in the ricasso which aids in thrusting, and a pointed steel "skull crusher pommel". I features a stacked leather grip with leather cross guard buffer. (the leather buffer was only attached through the tang, it was not attached to the back of the cross guard). The knife comes with a low-ride, genuine leather scabbard, with steel reinforcing and includes a leather leg thong. 

Overall length is 12 �� with a blade length of 7 �� and weighs  7 oz.  

The V-42 is based on the Fairbairn�Sykes commando knife designed by William E. Fairbairn and Eric A. Sykes, the Fighting Commando Knife. The V-42 was primarily designed by officers of the FSSF, including its commanding officer, Lt. Colonel Robert T. Frederick, who desired a combat knife that could be used to silently eliminate enemy soldiers as well as perform the role of a close-quarters combat knife.

The blade's design has been attributed to Col. Frederick, who had encountered the Fairbairn�Sykes commando knife while on duty in England. While the V-42 had a double-edged blade similar to the Fairbairn�Sykes knife, the V-42 has a cross section with concave hollow ground blade facets, compared to the Fairbairn with a flat four sided diamond cross section. The Narrower V-42 stiletto blade profile is designed to optimize penetration when used for thrusting, and the V-42 could easily penetrate a G.I. steel helmet and liner with a single thrust. With its relatively thin, narrow blade, the V-42 was designed from the outset for use as a fighting knife. Unusual for military combat knives of the period, the V-42's twin edges were double hollow-ground for increased cutting performance. The addition of the skull-crushing pommel was attributed to the input of Major Oval J. Baldwin, the FSSF Supply Officer. The thumb groove on the V-42's ricasso was designed to promote a flat grip with the thumb over the cross guard, which positioned the double-edged blade horizontally. In this manner a Forceman could slash an opponent with either a forehand or backhand stroke, while ensuring that his blade would slip between the ribs when used in a thrust or stab.

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