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M6 Sheath authenticity

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by educ959, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. Yes, Authentic

    3 vote(s)
  2. Fake

    0 vote(s)
  1. educ959

    educ959 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 2, 2018
    Need some assistance. I have an M6 Milsco sheath for model M3 trench knife and would like review on authenticity. Yes, I have books and done research but questioning this one a little. First, it is in better shape than I have personally had in my hands to review so that is my first concern. If any of you are semi-experts I'd appreciate your thoughts please. thanks




  2. leatherman

    leatherman leathermoderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 30, 2001
    A while back I did some research for a fellow on the hardware in those sheaths and holsters of the time period. He wanted them for a recreation society. I found that some things like the "press the dot" snaps are easy enough to find, but other items are not so much. Those oval staples and the apparatus at the mouth of the sheath were evidently manufactured for the military only, unless someone knows a little shop in the alley in Borger Texas where the fellow has a bunch of surplus hardware.
    In short, it is very difficult to fake one of those sheaths, unless you have a source for the hardware, then it makes them kind of not worth the expense eh?
    By the way, those WW2 recreation guys are amazingly fussy about every little detail, their costumes are correct down to the type of thread used to sew on the buttons, amazing people.
  3. ANovinc

    ANovinc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 21, 2016
    Love the old stuff. I have a mid-1944 Ka-Bar that belonged to my dad that has the original sheath; I think he came by it from a Navy Pilot while he was in the service during the 60's. Unfortunately the snap on the restraining strap is torn off but it's still a cool old piece of history to have.

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