Nation's Attic Diving Into History 2023

WW2 USN Mark V Vince Divers Knife

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Start price: $200

Estimated price: $400 - $600

Buyer's premium: 20%

Sales Tax: On the lot's price and buyer's premium

Offered here is the rare Vince Forge Company US Navy dive knife circa 1930s and 1940s. Vince was one of the producers of the US Navy dive knife during the late 1930s and World War 2. They are considered a low volume maker due to the small contract they received from the Navy. Unlike all other standard pattern dive knives made for the US Government before, during, and after World War 2, examples made by Vince are unique. The primary and most notable difference is the loop located on the end of the wood handle. This loop would swivel and do make for a handy added feature. This design element however was not part of the specifications, and the US Navy likely was not happy. With WWII raging, though, these knives were accepted and put into use.

A common issue with the Vince knives is the brass loop breaking off. This one is, unfortunately, a victim of that occurrence. Restoration of the brass loop could be undertaken by an enterprising collector if so desired. The rest of the knife is in very good condition. The wood handle is solid with no cracks. The stainless steel blade shines. The brass sheath has been polished to a high shine. Overall, the entire knife has been given a restoration, making it a beautiful display piece.

All items will be shipped with a signature required upon delivery and full insurance either via FedEx or the USPS Priority Mail. Worldwide shipping is available; however, no ocean freight will be offered on large items. DHL Express is an option for international shipments under 600 pounds via air. Payment via bank wire for customers outside the USA is required. A shipping quote prior to the auction can be provided by emailing your postal code. International bidders are advised that some countries do not allow the importation of knives. Nations Attic is not responsible for shipping charges going or coming back if your countries customs denies delivery. Rejected items can be consigned into a future sale as there are no refunds.