The Devil's Brigade originated in July of 1942, under the official title: 1st Special Service Force. American and Canadian soldiers were combined in a special task force, trained for battle behind German lines. After many nocturnal missions with their faces blackened for camouflage, the German’s called them the "Black Devils". The 1st SSF successfully completed many ops in 1943 and 1944. The specially designed V-42 combat knife, which was a part of their close combat training, has a handle of compressed leather discs, ending in a pointed impact cap, with thick leather padding underneath the slightly curved pommel offering protection from injury. The double-edged blade of the dagger features a corrugated thumb rest for a secure grip. Comes with a long, replica, leather sheath, and an embroidered unit insignia. A premium collector's ensemble! Blade length: 7". Overall length: 12". Weight: 7 oz.