U.S. M3 1943 Fighting Knife
Item #: FO-AG43M3
Limited to 170 Pieces with Special A.G. Russell Mark
The M3 fighting knife (or M3 trench knife as it was also called) was first issued in March 1943 for use by forces in need of a close combat knife, such as Airbornes and Army Rangers. Those units received priority for the M3. As more became available in 1943 and 1944, it was issued to other soldiers such as the Army Air Corps. This special version of the M3 has A.G. Russell™ 2020 – Italy laser engraved on the reverse side of the blade and US M3 1943 stamped into the obverse side. It is packaged in a presentation box with a WWII photograph of General Eisenhower addressing a group of troops prior to Operation Overlord (D-Day) at Normandy on the inside of the lid, and on the top of the lid "Screaming Eagles – Airborne – 101st Airborne Division".
The 6-3⁄4" blade is C70 carbon steel with a chemically burnished surface, often referred to as "Parkerizing", to protect against rust and to avoid reflection. The handle is built of stacked leather washers shaped into an oval to aid in orientation of the blade. The steel double guard and pommel are traditional. Measures 11-5⁄8" tip of blade to butt. Limited to 170 pieces. Knife, leather sheath and packaging all made in Maniago, Italy.
HandleStacked Leather Washers
A.G. Russell Knives
From the age of nine I made homemade knives until I was about twenty-four when I began to make handmade knives, crude but no longer made at home. A few years later, I had met and learned from makers like R.W. Loveless and R. L. Dozier. I made knives until the mid 1970s. I don’t make handmade knives anymore, as my hands aren’t what they used to be. However, I do have very talented makers in the United States and Japan who make knives that I am proud to put my name on. I design pocketknives, one hand knives, lockbacks, and fixed blade knives and have them made to our standards. ~A.G. Russell III
A.G. Russell has been in the knives and whetstones business for over 50 years. A.G. Russell knives are well known for their quality. A.G. Russell knives tend to be more traditional in style and look, with modern advances in material and design to create excellent knives.