The Original V-42 Stiletto Combat knife was designed in part by the Commanding Officer of the brigade, Lt. Colonel Robert T. Frederick. Every part of the knife was made with the intent of combat. This knife was the trademark weapon of the Devil’s Brigade, and its members were trained extensively in the use of this knife. The profile of this knife is pictured on the crests of the Canadian Special Operation Forces Command, Canadian Forces’s Joint Task Force 2 and the one of the United States Army Special Forces.
The Original V-42 was manufactured in the United States. The original leather sheath was reinforced by the troops to include a metal tip, so that the sharp blade would no longer penetrate through and cut their legs. Since the force was originally trained for fighting in cold weather conditions, the sheath was designed long, so as to hang beneath the bottom of their military parkas. After use in the field against the Germans, some unit members purposely dulled the tip of these knives to minimize its habit of embedding into bone and becoming difficult to withdraw.
This V-42 WWII combat knife replica is made by Hanwei with all of the authentic details of the originals. It has a double edge blued carbon steel blade, a stacked leather handle and leather sheath. A Must for any collector of militaria.
Hanwei V-42 Stiletto Combat Knife Features:
Overall: 12 1/2
Blade Length: 7
Handle Length: 5 1/4
Thickness at Guard: .150