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Italian 1916-pattern fighting-knife

Article about: by AndyB To correct some statement of Reibert, i dont believe Czechoslovak legion in Italy used this type of scabbard, on all evidence there are used the ersatz scabbards pictured by Rich.A.

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    Default Italian 1916-pattern fighting-knife

    Here´s an Italian "Model 1916" fighting-knife, made of shortened blades of the "Vetterli 1870/87" bayonet.

    This kind of trench-knive´s were used by the Italian "Arditi" and the "Free Chechoslovakian Legion" in WW I.

    The Italian´s also used shortened Vetterli-blade´s with an interesting "Ersatz"-bayonet.
    They captured number´s of Austrian Mannlicher-Schönauer M95 rifle´s and used such bayonets together with them.

    Overall lenght of the knife: only 28 cm
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    Default Re: Italian 1916-pattern fighting-knife

    That is a great fighting knife.

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    Nice knife. I think the scabbard is great though! Wish mine had that scabbard.Ersatz bayonet is cool.Rich A. in Pa.

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    Quote by rra227 View Post
    Nice knife. I think the scabbard is great though! Wish mine had that scabbard.Ersatz bayonet is cool.Rich A. in Pa.
    Thx.

    This scabbard is not very common !

    Usually this kind of fighting-knife comes with a completely different one !

    Rgds.,

    R.

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    Hello Reibert

    That is a very fine looking knife.

    Regards

    Richie

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    Love the knife. You'd really have to stick someone to use the blood-groove. LOl

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    Reibert

    fine knife, but you'll make bayonet collectors cry.

    Jean

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    Quote by Redgemak View Post
    Reibert

    fine knife, but you'll make bayonet collectors cry.

    Jean
    Why me, Jean !

    Better blame the Italian´s ! ...

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    Attachment 144394 Mine have this type of scabbard.
    Your scabbard is much better.Hope the pic attached. Rich A. in Pa.

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    To correct some statement of Reibert, i dont believe Czechoslovak legion in Italy used this type of scabbard, on all evidence there are used the ersatz scabbards pictured by Rich.A. but with belt attachment in angle.
    best regards,Andy

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