Boker Plus V-42 Devils Brigade Dagger Fixed (7 Inch V42 Double-Edge Black Plain Blade) Leather Handle + Leather Sheath (Old Sku 02BO1942) 02BO047
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The Devil's Brigade originated in July of 1942. Under the official title, 1st Special Service Force, American and Canadian soldiers were combined together to form a special task force trained for battle behind enemy lines. The origin of many special units can be traced back to this special force. Due to numerous nocternal operations where all faces were blackened for camouflage, the German Wehrmacht invented their nickname, Black Devils, which bore witness of the great respect they had of their enemy, although their unit was relatively small. In 1943 and 1944, the 1st SSF successfully completed many operations in Italy and France, impacting military operations.
An important piece of equipment of the Devil's Brigade was the specially designed V-42 combat knife, which was also part of the intensive close combat training. The handle of compressed leather discs ends in a pointed impact cap. A thick leather padding underneath the slightly curved pommel offered protection from injury. The double-edged blade of the dagger features a corrugated thumb rest for a secure grip. To this day, the crest of the Special Forces of the U.S. Army adorns this legendary dagger. We not only deliver this exclusive collector's item with its classic leather sheath, but also with a replica of the cloth insignia of the unit, which is the red spearhead, and with a reproduction of the original German sticker with the words The worst is yet to come!, which was stuck behind enemy lines in order to demoralize the enemy. A premium collector's ensemble, especially ideal for aficionados of military history!
Boker Plus Knives - 02BO1942 Specifications:
- Overall Length:12.00 in.
- Blade Length:7.00 in.
- Cutting Edge Length:5.50 in.
- Blade Thickness:0.20 in.
- Blade Width:
- Blade Material:SK-85 Carbon Steel
- Blade Hardness:58-60 HRC
- Blade Style:Double-Edge Spearpoint Dagger
- Blade Grind:Flat Ground
- Blade Finish:Matte Black
- Edge Type:PlainEdge
- Handle Length:5.00 in.
- Handle Width:
- Handle Thickness:
- Handle Material:Leather
- Handle Color:Brown
- Weight:6.91 oz.
- Sheath:Leather Sheath
- Knife Type:Fixed Blade
- Brand:Boker Plus
- Model:V-42 Devils Brigade
- Model Number:02BO047
- Country of Origin:China
That's what this knife is. It's the serious unfair advantage you can have if you train with this style of dagger. It's thicker than a typical knife blade someone else has, so it has the stronger blade. But, it's lighter so it's faster. You can get 5 full 7" deep strikes a second with this knife if you get an opening. You can't do that with a KA-BAR anything.
But worse, it's a stupidly strong, insanely sharp double edged thin blade that is easily twice as fast as any other long blade design. In the hands of an expert at controlling engagement range, it becomes an evil arm muscle fillet creator, capable of making piles of yummy fillets from your opponent's arm meat so perfectly, it's psychologically disturbing. Again, this knife is made to kill people.;
The steel is crazy strong SK5 hardened to a good 60 Rockwell, on top of being thicker than most combat blades. It's a true razor sharp double edge that comes to a scary sharp point. It has a dedicated thumb groove over the guard, per the original, so you can easily stab someone between the ribs sideways to get to their heart. Again, this knife is designed to kill things. That's it. It's 7 ounces of stupidly hard blade that can break other knife blades, but go 7 inches into something to it's heart very easily. If that's what you want, this is your knife. I'd just hope you are putting it away somewhere. It's also a collectible that actually should increase in value. It's not just perhaps the absolute greatest fighting knife you can buy, if you still want that unfair advantage that comes from purpose specific design. I mean, I guess being able to start a fire or prepare salsa is important also.
Just an FYI as to why I do business with you. Last Christmas after calling on the status of a knife I ordered, I learned it was out-of-stock. Ultimately you took care of me and expressed mailed-at no charge, the replacement I ordered. The knife arrived on time + you threw in a free small CTR folding knife as well (nice)..
--Dave P - Philadelphia, PA
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