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US M1917-1918 Trench Knife
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From a Seattle Estate, and in excellent + condition, this increasingly hard to find Trench Knife is very collectable. Designed in 1917 by Henry Disston & Sons of Philadelphia and chosen by the War Department to be issued to U.S. troops destined for trench warfare in Europe. The metal guard is bent around to form a knuckle bow of triangular flanges. The walnut hilt is three quarter round with finger grooves and the tang pierces the hilt to attach at the top of the knuckle bow. The blade is triangular terminating in an almost needle point. The original scabbard is stitched green leather with blackened steel fittings and bent wire hooks for attachment to the issue web belt. This example is marked A.C.CO USA 1917, indicating manufacture by American Cutlery Co. The triangular blade has been sharpened but has no rust or damage and retains the original blue on the upper portion. The walnut hilt is excellent with only one ding, (as shown). The scabbard is in excellent to mint condition. This authentic, original knife appears to be in the best condition we have seen. Overall 14", Blade 9". Reference: M.H. Cole U.S. Military Knives Bayonets and Machetes, pg. 22-23.


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