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"Barwood" U.S. M6 Scabbard, Made in USA

Price: $59.99

Product Code: USWM6B


New, American made reproduction of the WWII leather M6 Scabbards produced by the L. J. Barwood company. The M6 leather scabbard was designed for the M3 Trench Kniife which was to be issued to troops armed with the new M1 Carbines in lieu of a bayonet. Contracts for M6's were awarded to six leather firms, and each company used slightly different hardware to assemble them.

Barwood made approximately 29,000 scabbards in 1943. They used round staples, natural color thread, and a mix of standard and C-E rivets.

ATF's Scabbards: Our sheaths are made by us, in our factory in Columbia Ky, using American materials. They are die cut from premium 8 oz. leather, sewn with 100% linen thread, reinforced with C-E rivets & rivet staples. The steel plates that prevent the knife tip from piercing the bottom of the sheath are parkerized like originals. The steel lace set in the top of the sheath has been dipped in acid to lightly corrode the zinc plating to give it the dull gray look of a WWII scabbard. The components come from Massachusetts, Ohio, New Jersey, Georgia, and California.

These are almost perfect- the part we are lacking is the peculiar rivets the Barwood company used on the steel plates- they had a rather unique cap with a concave head. I have inquired with half a dozen fastener companies and no one has ever seen these before. So...perhaps some day.

Color: Like our other M6's, these are made using undyed leather. Neetsfoot oil will rapidly darken them.

This is exactly how they were done in WWII- the russet brown seen on most originals is due to age, wear, exposure, sweat and dirt. Original scabbards in new, unissued condition are exceedingly rare and insanely expensive. However, several are clearly shown in the the new book "US and Allied Military Knives" by Bill Walters. This the best reference available on both M6 scabbards as well as the M3 Trench Knives and M4 Carbine Bayonets.

Made in USA