1970's Valor 373 Long Commando Knife -Seki Japan

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This is a clean Valor long commando style knife made by Tak Fukuta - a very sturdy knife!

Condition: Appears excellent but study the photos yourself. Without the original box I consider all knives used regardless of appearance.

Made in Seki, Japan circa 1970s-1980s

Overall Length: 12"

Blade: 7" long 440 stainless

Handle: Stacked leather with stainless guard and butt

This comes with a factory heavy duty leather sheath

Valor’s copy of the Gerber Mark II dagger, as well as the leather handled 373 were adopted as official knives of two separate US Army Special Forces units.

Takao FUKUTA, began making pocket and hunting knives, and then, in around 1970, he went to the United States to sell his TAK FUKUTA products. Takao FUKUTA’s passion for knives continued to develop, and in 1978 he was recognized by Robert Wald “Bob” Loveless, known as the “god of knives” in the United States, with whom he began an apprenticeship.

The same year, he was the first Japanese person to be accepted into the American Knife Guild for his high-quality work the “Loveless folding knife.” Since Mr. Loveless appreciated Takao FUKUTA, he shared with him all of his skills in making hand-crafted knives. When he got back to Japan, Takao FUKUTA continued creating very useful handmade knives that were simultaneously handy, strong and elegant.

Over the years, his factory in Seki, Japan also produced knives for Parker, Valor, Gutmann, Explorer, Frost, and Browning among others

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