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Dutch M3 clone ????

Article about: by Walkwolf The two little holes for pinning the bayonet crossguard to the tang give it away ! Yes and the reason the other holes are so much bigger is because the crossguard on the fighting

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    The two little holes for pinning the bayonet crossguard to the tang give it away !
    Yes and the reason the other holes are so much bigger is because the crossguard on the fighting knife are thinner than the one on the baynet. So instead of just grinding a little in the side of the hole , they just drilled them a little bigger
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    I wonder if it was an issue piece, an experimental arsenal
    conversion/rework, or commercial surplus ?

    I wonder about that too.

    Anyway.. Here's a pic of the other fighting knife
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    Good looking fantasy piece. There would be no need of the two pin marks with a NON pinned guard. The guard of an M3 is straight on one end and bent forward on the other. The grips are typical Dutch M4 Bayonet grips. If this was an M3 Knife we would have seen more on the market.

    Well thats my opinion. I do however like the knife and wish I had one.

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    These are not nesessarly a fantasy piece. They turn up in Norway about once a year. So far i know about 6 .

    Think it might be a trial model for the RNoAF field knife

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    Here is one I picked up several years ago, heavy use.Click image for larger version. 

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    looks very similar

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    These combat knifes have been identified as Royal Netherlands Marine Corps issue in an article by a Dutch collector: Henri van Adelberg.

    There are two variants known. These concur with the two shown in this thread. Quite likely they were modified in the Navy workshop. Not too difficult and plenty of Dutch M3 clones sitting around, when the M1 carbine was phased out.

    The Dutch marines do a lot of training in Norway, which might explain the knifes turning up over there.

    Cheers.
    Emile

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    I also have such a knife. (Stockholm, Sweden). My shows traces of use with grind marks on the blade. The handle is turned upside down, but the screws have corroded stiff - so I canīt take i apart for inspection. The scabbard is a US M6 (Viner Bros 1943). I bought this knife many years ago from a place in western Sweden near the Norwegian border.
    Iīm sorry - I donīt have the ability to send pictures.
    Last edited by HgF; 11-27-2017 at 10:38 AM.

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