Case V-42 Stiletto
Knife Collectors Org. Review:
The Case V-42 Stiletto is a reproduction of one of the most famous knives in military history. The original V-42s were produced during WW2 for an elite commando unit, “The Devil’s Brigade”.
There were two reproductions of this knife, produced by Case in 1992 and 1998, both in limited numbers. The 1992 version has a beautiful gun-blued blade with a mirror finish. The 1998 version retains more of the original look of the knife, with a non-buffed leather handle and a gun-blued non-reflective (matte) blade. This version also has cork behind the guard, much like the WWII era V-42s. It was said that soldiers serving at that time made the tip slightly blunt so that it would not get stuck in bone after stabbing, and also reduce wear on the leather sheath.
There was also a version where the Case V-42 was produced in a framed presentation glass case and words with inscribed on the blade itself.
Overall, this is a awesome dagger. Be it the original war-era production knife or the reproduction, the Case V-42 Stiletto is a “must-have” for any knife collector and would be the centre piece of any knife collection. The sleek and darkened blade tells much about the deadly design of this knife.
Update: Case has also released a 2015 remake of the V-42 Stiletto in the matte finish.
Editor’s Rating: 9.5/10
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Blade Length: 7.25″ x .125″
Length Closed: -NA-
Overall length: 12.5″
Blade Steel: ?
Blade hardness: Rc. ?
Blade Finish: Gun-blued, Polished or Matte
Weight: ? oz.
Edge: Double-edged, Plain
Lock Type: -NA-
Carry System: 20″ Leather scabbard
Handle Material: Leather & Nickel Silver spacers or Leather spacers
Knife Type: Fixed Blade
Country of origin: USA
Part #: -NA-
Production Status: Discontinued
Last Known MSRP: Premium Member Content (see FAQs)
Current Estimated Price: Premium Member Content
Production dates: Premium Member Content
Production numbers: 1999
Limited run?: Yes
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Rarity Index: 9/10 (10 being the most rare)
Rarity index scale (1 to 10, 10 being the most rare):
1 – Very common; easily available on ebay, google product search and almost every knife selling website. Spammed with at least 10+ listings on ebay.
3 – Has been around for at least 2 years and are selling reasonably well, with retailers favouring other newer models over this knife.
5 – Knives that are on the borderline of being discontinued or have been discontinued for less than 6 months
6 – Products from 6 onwards are either discontinued or limited edition.
7 – Discontinued knives that pop up once every few months on the “For Sale” part of forums or on ebay. Still can be found at a few online shops though.
8 – Knives that need lots of researching to find. Not available anymore in online knife shops and pop up (if you’re lucky) >4 months for one at a time.
9 – Knives holding this rarity are the shadowy kind. You can’t find any information on them at all (not even from online knife shops that have not taken down that knife’s product page). If you see one for sale grab at all cost.
10 – The rarest of all knives. If you hadn’t been here you wouldn’t even have known that it existed. Should you have one of these you better lock it up in a triple-combination safe and treat it like a family heirloom…