This is a somewhat unusual V44 made in India and issued to Chindit and other forces in the China/India/Burma (CIB) theater of operations, to include Air Forces like the 1st Air Commando group. Based on Bill Walters’ book, U.S. and Allied Military Knives World War II, Book II, pages 293-298, these are hard to find in the US, but a few were used and brought back. This particular V44 is a copy of the Case V44 with a wood handle and three steel pins. It is unmarked. Other ones can be seen on the referenced pages. I stumbled upon this on Ebay and was given a second-chance offer to pick it up. I didn’t know if I’d ever see one again, so I went for it.
This has several v-notches filed in the upper false edge. These look intentional as they are evenly spaced and of similar dimensions. I have no idea why they are there, but they appear to have been made by whoever owned the knife and not whoever made the knife.
Also, according to Bill Walters’s book, the sheath is not original to this V44. I believe it is possibly an Australian sheath by comparing it to Australian sheaths on pages 179 to 183. When compared to a US V44 sheath the leather is thicker and the belt holder is shorter. This begs the question as to which traveled, the sheath to the CIB or the knife to the Pacific.
I’ve included a picture of the Chindit V44 and sheath next to the Case V44 and sheath for comparison.