U.S. Military Fighting Knives

“US and Allied Military Knives, M3’s and M4’s”

a new book on M3’s and M4’s is now available. 

There are almost 200 pages, with 140 full page, color photos. This book includes all the known M3 trench knife, M6 sheath and M4 knife-bayonet variations. It also includes descriptions of the knives and sheaths.

Written by Bill Walters with input from Vince Coniglio.

This book was proudly printed in the U.S.A.

The cost of the book is $116, including Priority Mail shipping for one book.

For those wanting more than one copy or residing outside of the US, I will have to get a shipping estimate for you.

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US Allied Military Knives, Book 1: M3’s and M4’s, by Bill Walters (ISBN: 9781618500878, Bill Walters, 502.245.5466, billwalters1948@gmail.com. Hardcover, 8-7/8” x 11-1/4”, 197 pages, 140 color images, 2016, $116-price includes includes Priority Mail shipping) 

If you thought you were close to finishing your M3 and M4 collection, take a moment to reconsider. Bill Walters worked with input from Vince Coniglio to produce the most comprehensive book on M3 and M4 knives. It includes all the known variants of the M3 trench knife, M6 sheath, and M4 knife-bayonet variations. It also includes descriptions of the knives and scabbards. Whether you are a beginner or advanced collector, the life-like, detailed photos and info-filled captions will provide you with the knowledge to participate in this field of collecting. 

For example, the first “chapter” (nearly three quarters of the book) covers all of the known variants of the M3, the scabbards used with the knife, examples of (issued) boxed knives, fakes, as well as post-WWII production and commemorative knives. A collector will be better armed after careful study of the photographs in this section as well as studying the many original factory documents and drawings that accompany the text. Each of the known variants is given a rarity rating from 1-5. Each rating is clearly delineated and explained, with a “1” indicating commonly available M3s and “5” being reserved for “samples, prototypes, and one-of-a-kind M3s.” 

The second section of the book is dedicated to the M4. Walters encourages collectors in this arena, remarking, “M4s represent an excellent area for collecting. Mint and boxed M4s are still available at very reasonable prices. All the of the variants he has observed since acquiring his first knife in 1972 are included. To teach the reader all of the nuances, he has included photos that show pommel and guard stampings in addition to great, full-length images of knives and M8 and M8A1 scabbards. Like the previous section, he has assigned rarity ratings to the M4s, this time ranging from 1 to 3.

This book is a fantastic, stand-alone guide to collecting the M3 and M4. Self-published and printed in the USA, numbers of copies are limited. So, whether a dedicated knife collector or just wanting to stay on top of the most current research, don’t hesitate to add this to your library.  For the price of a single knife, this book will help you avoid costly collecting mistakes. – JAG

John Adams-Graf, Editor

Military Vehicles Magazine & Military Trader


This website contains pictures and references to many different knives of the World War II era.  As you know, there can be slight variations to even the most common knife.  My hope is that you enjoy looking at the pictures and use them as a reference when needed.

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