Original U.S. WWII Airborne Schrade M2 No.3 Knife with Plastic "Jigged Bone" Handle
Original Item: Only One Available. These M2 Paratrooper pockets knives with the mid war issue plastic imitation "jigged bone" handles (scales or grip) are relatively hard to find, as they were quickly replaced with the metal scaled version. This very nice example, offered in very good fully functional condition, is marked on the base of the blade ricasso as follows:
DEC. 21, 09.
SEPT. 13, 10.
JUNE 6, 16.
These blade markings definitely identify it as a WWII version, and it bears the correct plastic "jigged bone" handle. This is the larger No.3 model, which has an original overall length of 8 3/4", compared to the 7 1/8" inch of the No., No.2 and later No.4 and No.5.. This example measures 8 1/4", with the blade shortened from the original 4 inches down to 3 1/2. It but it still functions properly, and has the correct shape. The blade opens properly, and still locks into place. The plastic handle is in great shape, with only light wear.
Worn in the breast pocket of the Paratrooper M2 Jump Jacket these knives were intended for paratroopers to cut there parachute cords and anything else if they got entangled during a jump. Exceedingly rare and hard to find. For further research checkout this forum post about these knives and how to tell WWII knives from post war (this example is 100% WWII).
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