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United Cutlery V-42 Stiletto US Army Col. Aaron Bank Limited Edition, 7-1/4" Blade, Stacked Leather Handle

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Part Number: UC2784
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UC2784: SOA V42 Marine Dagger Banks Edition with Sheath
United Cutlery

Colonel Aaron Bank, born November 23, 1902 , was an officer of the United States Army, and the founder of the U.S. 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 Sheath
Leather Sheath
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.
3.696 (23 reviews)
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3 out of 5
Apr 08, 2014
Pros: Blade Material, Weight, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard, None
Very satisfied with appearance of knife. However, leather wrap is loose and rattles against hilt. Sheath did not fit knife and I threw it away. This was a bargain purchase, but I did expect better quality control.
5 out of 5
Keith Da
Reno, NV
Apr 05, 2014
Pros: Blade Material, Finish, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness
Faithful Reproduction of the Original
I bought this repro of the V-42 because I always wanted one after seeing and handling an original one that belonged to my Great Uncle. The only cosmetic differences that stand out to me was that the stacked leather handle was a bit rough, with some of the leather protruding slightly, forming raised rings. I fixed that minor problem by doing some light work on it with my drum sander. I also applied a little Neat's Foot Oil to the handle because the leather was very dry. The "Skull Crusher" end cap was very loose and I was concerned that if I tried to really tighten it down that I might damage the end cap. When I did tighten the cap more than finger tight I could still remove the cap barehanded. Rather than really torque the cap down, I applied a little LocTite and it is now very secure and I don't have to worry about the possibility of losing it. The factory edge is not as sharp as I would have liked. After about 15 minutes on my tri-stone I had an edge that you could shave with. I did have to be very careful when I sharpened it so that I wouldn't mar the finish or the etchings. Overall, this is an excellent knife. I would have no problem using this as a "working" knife if necessary.
4 out of 5
Craig Z.
Apr 04, 2014
Good enough!
If you are aware that this is just a display model, you'll be okay. If you're looking for a real combat knife, look at the Boker version. This knife is just commemorative. It is made in China, the "tang" is just a screw holding the pieces together, and the handle is wooden, not leather. The pommel is hollow. The grind on mine was off-center, and it lacked the thumb grooves on the reverse of the blade. The sheath is actually leather, but has metal pieces that would scratch the blade were the knife actually inserted, so I threw it in a drawer. The one I received was loose when I got it, which is common with screw-together types, and when I took it apart to tighten it up, the washer and bolt concealed by the pommel were rusted. But hey, they're hidden. Fit and finish were cheap overall. But then again, the knife was cheap! That being said, the etching is actually in the metal, not printed on, and the knife looks cool. Definitely meant for display, not for use. I use mine as a letter opener, which it is quite good at. Four stars based on it is what it is. Not checking pros and cons below, because I don't think there would be any real pros, but I would recommend it as a display piece. Just know what you're buying. Don't buy a commemorative display knife expecting a hard-working tool.
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