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French air force dagger with Fasces on handle

Article about: picked this up with a large grouping of other Knives,,was told it was French air force,so why does it have the Italian Fascist symbol on the handle???...thanks,,,Robert

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    Default French air force dagger with Fasces on handle

    picked this up with a large grouping of other Knives,,was told it was French air force,so why does it have the Italian Fascist symbol on the handle???...thanks,,,Robert
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    JimW
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    Default Re: French air force dagger with Fasces on handle

    What material is the grip?

    It appears to be wood.

    Is this correct.

    Also, what markings are on the ricasso?

    Thank you

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    Default Re: French air force dagger with Fasces on handle

    hi,,,grip appears to be made of wood,,,no markings on ricasso...still curious about the fasces attached to the grip,,a former fascist fighting on the side of the free french or maybe a liason to the Vichy French????...

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    JimW
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    Default Re: French air force dagger with Fasces on handle

    There is no precedent for a wood grip. The grip can be (pre WWII) composite of white, orange, and dark blue.

    So my assumption is the grip is a replacement as many early grips were brittle.

    Without knowing what is on the blade we can not date the dagger.

    Also, are the fittings gold plated or anodized.

    Without knowing if your dagger is pre or post WWII, you will not be able to determine if it is legitimate or not.

    I hope this helps.

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