I recently came across ehh... what's left of... an Au Lion 1918 knife. They claim it to be original, and nothing stands out as a fake to me. Can anybody else give some thoughts on this? I love the LFC 1918s but this is the only Au Lion I've seen locally, and I don't know much about them. I question it because I know this dealer has a lot of good militaria, but I have spotted a fake or two in the past that they were selling.
So is it definitely real, and how do you price one that has a toothpick of a blade left? Also, no skull crusher nut on the bottom, and the blade seems to be held in with what looks like wood putty and a slip of leather at the base of the blade.