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Help on this unusual German trench knife!

Article about: So most people agree it's a reproduction, OK, as operaman suggested, it will be my bread knife, a very cool bread knife, right? BTW, as you guys can see from the pictures, this knife is in a

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    Default Help on this unusual German trench knife!

    I got this German trench knife years ago, tried to figure out if it is a genuine one and which year it is. I checked lots of information, seems like this knife is pretty similar to others (see pictures) except the grooves on handle. Usually there are nine grooves on the handle, but this one has eight in the crown D side and seven in the solingen side, it is weird, I never saw this online, anyone know something about this? Thanks.
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    It looks a lot like the fake HJ knife I bought a few months back,Can you make out what the makers mark is on the knife.I am just guessing but might it be a East German issue?

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    It's a fake, the maker on this one is GOTTLIEB HAMMESFAHR SOLINGEN. FOCHF. Normally it should be GOTTLIEB HAMMESFAHR SOLINGEN. FOCHE.

    Regards

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    Thanks for all replies, yes, Ingrid Patrouille is right, it's GOTTLIEB HAMMESFAHR SOLINGEN. FOCHF. So since it is a fake one, it means there is no value on it, I can use it as a daily knife instead of collection? Any idea who and when made this fake one? Thanks again.

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    Quote by wildrunner View Post
    Any idea who and when made this fake one? Thanks again.
    I bought one of these as original a few months ago, I got rid of it.
    They come from India. I do not know if they still make them.

    Regards

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    Will make an interesting bread knife

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    I'm inclined to agree with Ingrid, and the location of the manufacturer..............!

    The 'F' may have been an 'E' where the lower section of the letter has broken
    off the die, but some other things stand out, such as:

    The grips are made of rosewood and are mismatched, with grooves
    that are too wide, the 'crown' logo is stamped sideways, both grip
    panel rivets are made of brass - the upper one being way off
    center, and 'new' looking scabbard leather.

    Many India-made cutlery products are made
    with rosewood and brass fittings.
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Could it be that the grip/handle was refurbished with rosewood with and brass fittings?

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    It is possible I suppose, but rosewood is a tropical tree commonly found
    in India and also Brazil. It wouldn't make sense to use an exotic import
    when local wood is available - such as beech, ash, walnut, etc.

    If this is a WWI knife that has been refurbished, I do not think
    it would be as attractive to collectors because it has been
    drastically altered.............
    Last edited by Walkwolf; 06-19-2011 at 08:17 AM.
    Regards,


    Steve.

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