Nation's Attic 2024 Diving Into History

Rare WW2 Vince US Navy Dive Knife

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Start price: $300

Estimated price: $600 - $1,500

Buyer's premium: 20%

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

The US Navy Standard Dive Knife, a stalwart piece of nautical equipment, boasts a well-defined look. However, during the 1930s and World War II, the Vince Forge Company of Easton, Pennsylvania, delivered a unique variation. These Vince-made knives for the US government stand out for their distinct features.


Three key elements set Vince knives apart. The most striking is the swivel ring at the handle’s end, a helpful addition absent from standard specifications and unseen in other manufacturers’ knives. Vince also implemented a different sawtooth configuration, with 13 teeth per inch compared to the standard 12.


While the exact reason for Vince’s deviations remains unknown, surviving examples suggest they received smaller contracts during the war mobilization for equipment. Today, collectors of vintage diving gear consider the Vince knife, especially with the intact swivel ring, among the top three most challenging World War II dive knives to acquire.


This particular Vince knife is in excellent original condition. The varnished maple handle remains free of cracks, and the brass sheath exhibits a nice consistent patina. The Vince blade shows subtle signs of use from decades past. This knife stands as a rare and well-preserved example of a US Navy dive knife with a unique story.


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 country’s customs denies delivery. Rejected items can be consigned into a future sale as there are no refunds.


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.