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    Question help identify WW1 german knife

    All i know it is a WW1 knife given to me by my grandfather. It has a metal and leather case. On the case there is a mark, i don't know if its a flower or a cross look at pictureClick image for larger version. 

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ID:	623926. The edge is has markings like on the picture, says Gebruder Rauh, Grafrath-sol and also a symbol. I have taken pictures. Thank you.

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    And what a beauty she is! That's a keeper...the "star" is typical of German "Prym" manufactured snap-buttons, and are seen on WWI and WWII canteen covers as well...and a good sign of originality...
    Welcome to the Forum, friend...
    cheers, Glenn

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    Thank you. Do you maybe know the year or something about the blade. Like what troops used it, maybe origin, or some story about it. I really don't know anything about it except that its from ww1. Its interesting and old and i really wonder if i can find out some story behind it.
    Thanks again

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    This appears (to me) to be a private purchase piece, and not necessarily an issued item...The WWII fighting knives were practically identical...
    That's all I can add, friend...hopefully other members will be able to provide more information...That's a $300 knife, by the way...
    cheers, Glenn

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    Great looking knife!...
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.

    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    Thank you very much. I really never tough about selling it, would be a shame to me. I am more interested in the history (story) behind it.

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    It really is a beauty and as a family item I think you are correct to keep it. A private purchase trench fighting knife I think, as Glenn suggested.


    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    I wouldn't sell it either, but at least you now have a ballpark figure as to current value...
    Thanks for showing!
    cheers, Glenn

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    Greetings Mali,

    Yep, as Glenn has already said a nice (because of condition & itís maker marked) Private Purchase WWI German Trench Knife. As such it would be nearly impossible to tell who used it or what unit they were assigned to (assuming it comes without any provenance) as it was something a Soldier (any Soldier) could readily purchase.

    Itís a very typical style of blade known as the Leupold Dagger. See the scan below it is from; Méry, Christian. German combat knives: 1914-1945. Paris: Histoire & Collections, 2011. Itís my very favorite book on the subject and quite affordable when compared to others on the subject.



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    Thank you all very much! I also have, maybe a stupid, question.... What IS a private purchase military knife. Doesn't the military provide arms and equipment to all soldiers. Some arms better then others according to rank or status... I really don't have any idea about it... Thanks guys

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