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Checkermann1

ok, thanks for your help. then the search continues. I hope I find a nice original

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Checkermann1- No! It's a reproduction. US M3 with makers name were stamped on the opposite side of the blade. As mikedon stated the pommel is not correct either. SKIP

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thank you for the book tip. I was already looking for suitable literature. until then I need support 😉

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It looks original to me. Shown on page 65 of the book. The sharpening reduces the value quite a bit. Imperial is the most common maker.

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It's a decent Imperial blade marked M3. with a nice, early M8 scabbard. It's used, and sharpened, but was not abused. Buy it. it's legitimate.  SKIP

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I found it on ebay. with shipping and taxes it will be really expensive. what is the cost of a beautiful original in the USA?

 

I already know a few manufacturers, Utica, Case, imperial .... is there a popular manufacturer among collectors who is rare?

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Checkermann1- At this time M3s in excellent to mint condition are very pricey. They command very high prices, and I mean high. Robeson (RCC) in my opinion are the rarest, and very expensive in mint condition.  Imperial made the most M3s well over 800,000, close to half of all production, and are usually the least expensive. I suggest watch ebay for a while to get an idea of prices (which tend to be high).  All makers of WW2 M3s are as follows: Aerial, Boker, Camillus. Case, Imperial, Kinfolks, PAL, RCC, Utica. Good Luck!  SKIP

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Checkermann1

thank you for your detailed description. I can really use luck. i'm looking at ebay the whole time ... i think i'm good with the imperial.

 

case I've also found a few, is priced the same as the imperial. what would you prefer? case or imperial?

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It would depend on condition and variation. Case M3's are less common. 854,000 Imperials made during WWII, 300,465 Case M3's.

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6 hours ago, mikedon said:

It would depend on condition and variation. Case M3's are less common. 854,000 Imperials made during WWII, 300,465 Case M3's.

Thank you for your answer. they look roughly the same in terms of condition. then I will probably lean more towards a used case

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I think I found something nice. I personally like used things more ... it doesn't have to be mint. what do you think of these M3? 

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Checkermann1

I would like it too. but is the price of 1.6k $ reasonable? With tax und Transfer...puhhh

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I don't know, that sure seems very high priced to me. But, prices are have skyrocketed these days anyway. It's your decision.  SKIP

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Checkermann1

I will think about it. Maybe I'll find something similar ... which is a little cheaper. The main thing is that it is original and used.

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It's an original guard marked UTICA. Has sharpening, and wear, finish is well worn, but a good legitimate M3.  SKIP

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