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Was hoping the community of experts here could provide some info on this PAL M3 knife  and its scabbard, which belonged to my grandfather or grandmother both of which were WWII veterans. I noticed there is a small ordnance bomb stamped lightly on the pommel, and "US M3 PAL" on the guard, but no info stamped on the scabbard. Thanks and looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this







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nice pal--- looks to be a nice original. the scabbard for that m-3 would be the green plastic m-8 with the belt loop not the wire hanger. however if I am not mistaken those leather scabbards were used as well.  






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They went to the guard marked ones later in the war (44/45) as the thought was that stamping the blade damaged the steel (although I have never seen a broken one) The flaming bomb is the dept of Ordnance proof acceptance mark. I have seen that type of scabbard before as well, but it is not the one that is usually found with them.  I am sure some of m3 collecting guys will jump in on this and let us know what is what.


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