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Close Combat Knives

Article about: WWI & WWII close combat knives also referred to as trench knives. The basic difference WWI /WWII is the knife grip and the scabbard belt attachment. Both shown have been sharpened and re

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    WWI & WWII close combat knives also referred to as trench knives.
    The basic difference WWI /WWII is the knife grip and the scabbard belt attachment. Both shown have been sharpened and reflect no maker mark, which could have gone to time due to use.Both are in fine condition overall.

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    Horst; two nice examples! I've only found a few of these from vets over the years;not easy to find these days. Thanks for showing, Hal

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    Hi Horst, check the WW2 knife: chances are it will have a tiny Luftwaffe inspection mark on the blade. I have a couple of these in my collection and both are marked. I have a WW1 which is also very similar to yours and that is unmarked.

    Cheers, Ade.

    PS: nice knives!

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    Ade - thanks, yes there is an ordance mark on the blade -
    Must say that I am not really fond of the battle type blades my heart is into the dress daggers , but these do have their place within a blade collection.

    Horst
    "He who hesitates is lost - is not only lost but miles from the next exit"

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    Horst great knives . I like the dress daggers and dress bayonets but in a fight I would rather have a good fighting knife. Gary

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    Gary - I agree but Im not a fighter but a lover,lover of dress daggers.

    Horst
    "He who hesitates is lost - is not only lost but miles from the next exit"

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    Lol

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    Horst, the second knife shown, WW1, i believe to be a circa 1915-18, and in my opinion probably the product of ERN RASIERMESSERFABRIK factory of Solingen-Wald, it will bear no maker mark (although a known pattern of this company), although an inspection mark, a a crowned gothic 'c' should appear on the reverse ricasso.

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    oradour - Many thanks, have checked the blade/ricasso but no marks although the knife was used so its probably gone to time.
    Horst
    "He who hesitates is lost - is not only lost but miles from the next exit"

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    Horst,
    I have two such knives, one has its markings the other none, due to a very over sharpend blade, but hey, thats what happened to them !...i dont think any concern was held as to preserving the markings !

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