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MVP
11-07-2011, 12:19
A number of years ago I purchased a repro V42 and sold it about a year later (not a chen knife). The blade seems a bit light and I suspect it was not of the same thickness of an original. I have never held an original so I cannot verify that it was in fact not authentically made. Is/was there a reprodcution made that is true to the originals?

MVP

Surgicalcric
11-07-2011, 13:53
Funny that this should come up.

I am looking at purchasing two repros for use on a couple plaques to give as gifts from the ODA...

Trying to find good ones (non-Chen) has proven difficult.

Crip

Warchief
11-07-2011, 15:50
A few years back, early 90's Case did a limited production run of V-42's based on the orignal specs for 5th SFG. I seem to recall they did about a 100 of them. I've got one in my gun safe.

Snaquebite
11-07-2011, 16:11
A few years back, early 90's Case did a limited production run of V-42's based on the orignal specs for 5th SFG. I seem to recall they did about a 100 of them. I've got one in my gun safe.

I have one also...there were only 100...I've seen them selling for up to $500.00 in the last year or so.

cat in the hat
11-10-2011, 14:47
i ordered one here to mount on a gift to an old team buddy.
not great for actual use but suitable for hanging on a plaque

http://www.smkw.com/webapp/eCommerce/products/military/United%C2%AE+Col.+Aaron+Bank+V-42+Limited+Signature+Edition+Stiletto/UC2784.html

orko
11-11-2011, 00:15
I own an origional as well as a couple reproductions. every reproduction varies from an origional in different ways.

The Case Company made 2 reproduction runs one in 1992 and 1998, both in limited numbers. The 1998 version retains more of the original look of the knife, with a non-buffed leather handle and a non-reflective blade. although the sheath lacks the staples across the top and utilizes a different sort of rivit.

the biggest noticeable difference is the thumbprint and hollow grinding of the blade. There isn't a reproduction out there that can come close. It is obvious they were all hand ground. No matter what repro you go with aside from the 1992 version. the handle is pretty close, its only slightly off as far as actual specs go.

A couple years back, I contacted the Case company with hopes of maybe getting another small production run going and was told due to the tooling process they couldn't do another run unless the order was for like 5 or 10,000 pieces. So we had to say forget it. In the end we ended up going with the chen copy, since it is one of the better repros out there.

However crip if your still searching for one shoot me a PM. I may be convinced to part with a couple of my repros.

From left to right Origional, case 1998 repro, chen repro

greenberetTFS
11-11-2011, 13:36
i ordered one here to mount on a gift to an old team buddy.
not great for actual use but suitable for hanging on a plaque

http://www.smkw.com/webapp/eCommerce/products/military/United%C2%AE+Col.+Aaron+Bank+V-42+Limited+Signature+Edition+Stiletto/UC2784.html

Thanks CITH,just ordered one,serialized and for that money I think it's well worth it...........;) :D

Big Teddy :munchin

CW3SF
12-17-2011, 09:50
A few years back, early 90's Case did a limited production run of V-42's based on the orignal specs for 5th SFG. I seem to recall they did about a 100 of them. I've got one in my gun safe.

I have one also...there were only 100...I've seen them selling for up to $500.00 in the last year or so.

I own an origional as well as a couple reproductions. every reproduction varies from an origional in different ways.

The Case Company made 2 reproduction runs one in 1992 and 1998, both in limited numbers. The 1998 version retains more of the original look of the knife, with a non-buffed leather handle and a non-reflective blade. although the sheath lacks the staples across the top and utilizes a different sort of rivit.

the biggest noticeable difference is the thumbprint and hollow grinding of the blade. There isn't a reproduction out there that can come close. It is obvious they were all hand ground. No matter what repro you go with aside from the 1992 version. the handle is pretty close, its only slightly off as far as actual specs go.

A couple years back, I contacted the Case company with hopes of maybe getting another small production run going and was told due to the tooling process they couldn't do another run unless the order was for like 5 or 10,000 pieces. So we had to say forget it. In the end we ended up going with the chen copy, since it is one of the better repros out there.

However crip if your still searching for one shoot me a PM. I may be convinced to part with a couple of my repros.

From left to right Origional, case 1998 repro, chen repro
The '92 run was 1000 units. I have #043 of 1000.


http://gallery.viperclub.org/data/500/medium/v42_014.JPG (http://gallery.viperclub.org/showphoto.php/photo/60360/title/v42-014/cat/500)

hakuda
01-15-2012, 11:29
http://snyderstreasures.com/pages/edged_weapons.htm

Came across this site. Quite an impressive collection. If you have more money than you really need, this is the site for you. Maybe after a few months per diem, if the wife wasn't looking, just maybe I could snag something.

rdret1
01-16-2012, 09:17
After searching on here and elsewhere on the net, I still come up with varying answers. For the more knowledgeable bladesmiths, what is the primary complaint with the Paul Chen knives? While many of his blades describes the steel they are made with, I could find no such description for his V-42 repro.

MVP
01-17-2012, 09:21
Those I have seen are very light weight, not at all commensurate with a military issue knife. I have never held an original but find the PC knife odd. I have held original and reproduction FS knives. The FS reproductions are invariably lighter than the originals. FWIW; the originals were prone to breakage so the repro's would only be more so. Even though I would never use it as designed I would like a copy of the V42 to be correctly made.

MVP

Surgicalcric
01-17-2012, 16:46
...However crip if your still searching for one shoot me a PM. I may be convinced to part with a couple of my repros...

Missed this earlier Brother.

I picked up a couple from Cold Steel for use in post deployment gifts for our Team Sergeant and Team Leader.

20908

norwegianviking
03-13-2012, 12:23
http://snyderstreasures.com/pages/edged_weapons.htm

Came across this site. Quite an impressive collection. If you have more money than you really need, this is the site for you. Maybe after a few months per diem, if the wife wasn't looking, just maybe I could snag something.

You might want to do a web search on Major Snyder before buying something from him. Caveat emptor.

Dusty
03-13-2012, 12:42
Are the "original" Long/Sheffield models any good? I know where there's one up for bid at $200 right now.

MVP
03-13-2012, 14:27
Dusty,

I think they are in between the originals and the modern reproduction. IIRC they were marketed by a company that was in Raleigh in the 1980's that also offered a copy of the OSS sleeve and collar daggers.

MVP

greenberetTFS
03-13-2012, 16:39
Thanks CITH,just ordered one,serialized and for that money I think it's well worth it..

Big Teddy :munchin

Guys

For the money invested,I'm really satisfied with my knife..........;) :D

Big Teddy :munchin

Razor
03-16-2012, 20:53
I picked up a couple from Cold Steel for use in post deployment gifts for our Team Sergeant and Team Leader.

You KNOW those guys are real deal SF--check their hands. :D

Papa Zero Three
03-25-2012, 15:52
I know of one knifemaker, who is also a former EOD marine, that makes these even though you don't see them on his website. If you're serious about presenting/owning a quality version I'd suggest you make a phone call to Les George and inquire about them.

George knives (http://georgeknives.com/index.html)


http://i40.tinypic.com/9uukc9.jpg

CW3SF
03-25-2012, 20:07
I know of one knifemaker, who is also a former EOD marine, that makes these even though you don't see them on his website. If you're serious about presenting/owning a quality version I'd suggest you make a phone call to Les George and inquire about them.

George knives (http://georgeknives.com/index.html)


http://i40.tinypic.com/9uukc9.jpg

That looks great.

abc_123
09-24-2015, 18:16
Got an email from sfa that case is selling original spec v-42 knives thru chapter 28.

$549.00. I want one bad! but need to feed and shoe my boys more...

http://www.sfa28.org/

Link to knife description/specs on lower right of page

Direct link to this page below...

http://www.sfa28.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Faithfully-True-V-42.pdf

MR2
09-25-2015, 01:23
http://www.dvor.com/case-v-42-stiletto-w-sheath-39-2015-09-24.html

$320

CW3SF
09-25-2015, 07:18
http://www.dvor.com/case-v-42-stiletto-w-sheath-39-2015-09-24.html

$320
Wow, thats a great deal.;)

Penn
10-04-2015, 16:01
http://www.auctionzip.com/cgi-bin/photopanel.cgi?listingid=2556050&category=0&zip=&kwd=

3rd or 4th row 15 or 20th cell it...keeps changing as they add pictures

greyfox
10-16-2015, 19:20
For whatever it's worth, Boker makes a V-42 repro that's pretty decent for ~$75.

x SF med
10-19-2015, 07:58
The Spartan/George v14 is an outstanding update of the v42 with modern materials, it costs a bit of coin, but, damn is it a fine piece of work... the EOD Marine guy didn't let the two SF guys make a lot of changes...

The Reaper
10-19-2015, 21:26
For whatever it's worth, Boker makes a V-42 repro that's pretty decent for ~$75.

Made in China, IIRC.

TR

Penn
10-27-2015, 21:36
Current issue of "The Drop" (p. 47) has the V-42 reissue "manufacture by CASE according to General Robert T. Frederick's own design..." Sponsored by the Montana Chapter is "Faithfully true". $549.00 exclusively for SOF members

To order, visit www.SFA28.org for links to the Chapter contacts in your region

Team Sergeant
10-28-2015, 11:59
Current issue of "The Drop" (p. 47) has the V-42 reissue "manufacture by CASE according to General Robert T. Frederick's own design..." Sponsored by the Montana Chapter is "Faithfully true". $549.00 exclusively for SOF members

To order, visit www.SFA28.org for links to the Chapter contacts in your region

Case is already selling these to the public for $439.98

:munchin


http://www.knifecenter.com/item/CA21994/case-v-42-military-fighting-stiletto-fixed-double-edge-dagger-leather-handle

greyfox
01-23-2016, 07:55
Made in China, IIRC.

TR

Very correct, but for what I used it for (shadowbox), it looked great.

NurseTim
01-24-2016, 14:25
Dusty,

I think they are in between the originals and the modern reproduction. IIRC they were marketed by a company that was in Raleigh in the 1980's that also offered a copy of the OSS sleeve and collar daggers.

MVP

I remember that. It was on the road between Carrboro and Graham, hwy 54, the building was on the left as you go to Graham. They were associated with Adam and Eve. I think it was the same founder. I forgot about them. Can't remember the name of the business, B&B imports?