United Cutlery V-42 Stiletto US Army Col Aaron Bank Edition 7-1/4" Blade, Stacked Leather Handle - UC2784
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Colonel Aaron Bank, born November 23, 1902 , was an officer of the United States Army, and the founder of the US Army Special Forces, commonly called "Green Berets". He is also famous for his exploits as an OSS officer during World War II, parachuting into France to coordinate and activate the French Resistance and organizing an operation intended to capture Adolf Hitler. Col. Bank is commonly known throughout the armed forces as "The Father Of The Green Berets." He died on April 1, 2004 in Dana Point, California at the age of 101.
The V-42 Stiletto was used extensively in many Special Forces branches as the primary fighting knife. This historically accurate V-42 stiletto replica features a stacked leather handle like the original, as to be easily handled in cold weather. Each dagger offers a razor-sharp, double-edged stiletto blade that pierces through even tough materials with ease. Thumb notches are cast into the handle above the guard to keep the knife from slipping when wet or wearing gloves. Each piece is laser-serialized and etched with the S.O.A. shield. It also includes an exact replica of the extended sheath which hung below the soldier's winter parkas. Blade length: 7-1/4". Overall length: 12-1/4". Handcrafted in China.
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Utilizes a wide variety of alloys but all contain a minimum of 10.5% Chromium content. Stainless steels will not corrode, rust, or oxidize but are not completely stain-proof so the title is somewhat of a misnomer.