U.S. Military Fighting Knives


CASE PROTOTYPE.  This is the exact CASE prototype that I purchased at the CASE Auction in 1982.  I sold my collection in 1985 and this prototype ended up in Gary Boyd's collection.  It was featured on pages 104-105 of Mike Silvey's book "Knives of the United States Military World War II".  With the help of my good friend Vince Coniglio, I was able to re-acquire this original CASE prototype in 2010.  See the "CASE Auction" section for more information and photos.

The skull crusher pommel on this prototype differs from the production V42 in that the pommel has a more oval appearance, is not deeply blued and is not attached with a pin.

The handle leather is finished smooth with a thick leather washer at the guard.  The guard is straight and has a bright finish.

The blade is identical to the production V42.

Straight guard that has a bright finish with a thick leather washer at the guard.

This C
ASE V42 prototype is out of Tom Clinton's collection.  Tom Clinton was a major collector of US Military fighting knives for over four decades.  This prototype is quite similar to the V42 prototype that I purchased at the Case Auction in 1985.  The differences are:  this V42 has a fatter handle, but the leather guard washer is thinner.  Also, the metal guard is blued compared to the bright finish on my auction prototype. The production V42 which had a dull black painted guard. 

The following photos show the minor differences in the two prototypes.  The top V42 is the prototype that I purchased at the auction.  The bottom V42 came from Clinton's collection.

This photo shows the fatter/thinner handle and the thin/thicker guard washer.  Note that the guards are straight.  The production V42 has a curved guard.

This photo shows the blued and bright guard.  The production V42 has a dull black painted guard with the paint also applied to the leather guard washer.

This is the production V42 which is very similar to the prototypes above except for changes in the guard, handle and pommel.  The guard is curved with dull black paint applied to the metal guard and the leather guard washer.  The skull crusher pommel is nicely blued like the blade and is held in place with a pin.  The other major difference is the handle finish comprised of 68 thin ridges and grooves.

Note the dull black painted guard on the guard, the leather guard washer and the straight guard.

This is the "Omaha" V42 that was issued to members of the landing force of the light cruiser "Omaha".  These were the standard production V42's issued with a USMC stiletto sheath.  The USMC sheaths did not have the metal staples at the throat.


The following photo shows the stampings found on some of the "Omaha" sheaths.

Also, see the ordnance bomb stamped on the side of the V42's pommel (see the whitened stamp next to the pommel pin).  This ordnance bomb which was stamped on a very small number of V42's is the same stamping that was used on CASE's M3 production.





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