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Cogswell & Harrison Ltd London Gun Makers W1 ID Help!

Article about: Hello, I have come into posession of a ww2 looking fighting knife. The only info I have on the knife is the stamp on the blade which reads, "Cogswell & Harrison Ltd" and undern

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    Hello,

    I have come into posession of a ww2 looking fighting knife. The only info I have on the knife is the stamp on the blade which reads, "Cogswell & Harrison Ltd" and underneath that "Gun Makers London W1". I have looked all over the internet and found almost nothing. However a post from a user named "Australia" from 2015 shows a page from Ron Flook's book "The London Knife Book". My knife is visible on the right hand side of the page but I can't make out the words. If anyone knows any info about my knife I would greatly appreciate it. I'll upload a photo as well as link to the thread with Australia's post.

    Thanks!

    Cameron

    My Knife
    Cogswell & Harrison Ltd London Gun Makers W1 ID Help!

    Thread with Australia's post

    rare fighting knife

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    Looks similar but your blade is shorter and the maker mark is of a different style.

    I'm sure some guys will be around to provide some help. In the meantime you can send Australia a PM (Private Message). His last post was February so I'm hopeful he will get the email notification and respond
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

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    You've got a rare knife there. That does appear to be the WW2 era version, the longer convex blade version from WW1 era is more known, though still very rare. I assume you don't have the leather scabbard with three rivets? Flook thought that these fighting knives were actually made by Wilkinson Sword Co. for Cogswell & Harrison, who were an old gunmaking firm, and C & H retailed them under their brand name. During WW1 C & H did sell some other trench nasties including a push knife and a dagger with brass knuckleduster grip.

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    No unfortunately I don’t have the scabbard, I was only given the knife. Thanks for your help though! Do you know if it was ever issued for combat or as a military knife?

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    I guess I should be more specific by asking to whom would this knife have been issued for combat?

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    They would be private purchase knives. The Imperial War Museum collection has one like the OP's, donated by a serviceman in 1945.

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    Ok thanks again for the help

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    Is a beauty! Interesting to discover the maker of these blades. Thanks for sharing with us.

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