U.S. WWI Model 1918 Mark I Trench Knife by L.F. & C
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- $610.00 [2 bids] Place Bid
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- Asbury Park,NJ,USA
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The U.S. Model 1918 Mark I Trench Knife was the second major Knuckle Knife to be officially adopted and issued to the US military. It was developed for use in the horrific trench warfare that typified the stalemate on the Western Front during the latter part of World War One and saw use not only there, but during World War Two as well. The knife was manufactured in the United States by Henry Disston & Sons (H.D. & S.) as well as Landers, Frary & Clark (L.F. & C.) and Oneida Community Ltd (O.C.L.). The knives were also produced in France and are marked with the usual 1918 and US marks. The U.S. M-1918 Mark I Trench Knife is easily identifiable due to its large brass knuckle style guard and grip. The knives were 11 ¾ in overall length, with a 6 ¾ dagger style blade. The brass grips were marked U.S. 1918 and with the makers name or initials.
The Mark I trench knife is an American trench knife designed by officers of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) for use in World War I. It has a 6.75 in (17.1 cm) double-edged dagger blade useful for both thrusting and slashing strokes, unlike previous U.S. trench knives such as the M1917 and M1918. The handle is made of cast bronze and uses a conical steel nut to hold the blade in place. The Mark I's blade was blued with a black oxide finish, the bronze handle was chemically blackened, with cast spikes on the bow of each knuckle. The spikes were intended to prevent an opponent from grabbing the knife hand, as well as to provide a more concentrated striking surface when employed in hand-to-hand combat.
Up for sale is a U.S. Model 1918 Mark I Trench Knife. This is a great item that is in fairly good condition and the "skull buster" on this knife is in great shape as well considering age (please see photos). Overall, this item is in good condition. This knife does not include a scabbard.
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