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Vince WW II Navy MK V Dive Knife

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WORLD WAR II ISSUE
VINCE NAVY MK V DIVE KNIFE

 

Vince Dive knife and sheath image


Steel, brass & wood                                                            Made 20th Century
Overall Dimension knife 14 1/2  in sheath                       Blade 6 7/8 x 1 x 1/8       
Hilt  4 1/2 x 1 1/4  x 1 1/4                                                      Markings None visible
Ferrule 3/4"                                                                             Sheath 8 3/8 L x 1 7/8 Dia
Weight  2 lbs.  14 7
/8 oz.                                                      Knife LOA  13 7/8"

 

Presented is a Vince WW II Navy MK V dive knife that is in excellent condition.  it was purchased at auction in 2014 from the estate of a second generation commercial diver. Subject only to the normal aging process, it is in perfect condition, but the maker's mark is illegible because of aging. The swivel loop extension on the pommel called a "bail" stands proud and the Navy MK V sheath is perfect with a pronounced patina of age. Little is known of the company that made these distinctive knives, but most knife experts believe them to be first introduced in 1935 and made until shortly after WW II.

PROVENANCE: From the estate of a second generation hard hat diver, and the son of a member of the salvage team of the 17 month project to refloat the French ocean liner Normandie on the Hudson River that completed in 1947. Not only did the deceased have an incredible hard helmet and diving equipment collection, he also, in his lifetime, managed to assemble an amazing collection of anything related to diving.

Obverse obverse blade image shown over the reverse image
Reverse side of Vince blade image

           Showing both sides of the serrated blade with only light spotting and no pitting

Two features made the Vince knife distinctive. The first is a brass loop that is fitted to the pommel on a swivel that rotates around its circumference. It is called a bail. This was the only Navy MK V knife that has this feature. The second is the tiny teeth that are along the top serrated edge that number 13 to the inch. Vince was a small company and only made these knives in limited numbers so their knives are very scarce. Many are have the loop-bail broken off and rusted and broken blades.  Because of their rarity, even damaged ones are still prized by collectors.

Obverse side of Vince grip image
Reverse side of Vince grip image

         Both sides of the Vince grip. Note the hairline crack in the lower picture

 
CONDITION:  Except for the normal aging process, this knife and its sheath are in excellent condition. The blade is tight in the ferrule and the wood handle has all its bright varnish. The brass brail swivel bail is attached.  The sheath has a drain hole.
 
Obverse of complete Vince knife image
Reverse of complete Vince knife image

                          Both sides of complete knife

 

Vince knife in its sheath image

           The Vince knife in its round brass sheath          

 

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