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Beilpicke 1898 / 1909 / 1912 ?

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    Hi,

    Can someone tell me the difference between these three models of Beilpicke please? I am able to tell the difference between the German type and the Austro-Hungarian type, but I'd like to know more about the succesive German types M1898 / M1909 / M1912.

    As far as I can translate this Russian discussion about these axes, I think this picture illustrates the difference between the types.

    Forum thread:
    Германский траншейный топор, I-я Мировая Война... - Топоры военные - *усскоязычный ножевой форум

    Picture:
    http://rusknife.com/uploads/post-177...1424111553.jpg

    I'm not sure however on which one came first. Thinking logically, the most basic design is the one on the right (forged in one piece) - and therefore the M1898, followed by the M1909 in the middle and finally the most complicated M1912 on the left. Just a thought, I can be wrong.

    M1898 - top part forged in one piece, separate metal band
    M1909 - top part held on by two metal straps, separate metal band (no 'claws' on the topside)
    M1912 - top part held on by two metal straps, separate metal band ('claws' on the topside)

    I've seen these types either with a long handle (with distinctive shape) or with a short(er) straight handle. What was the original / official handle...?

    Thanks for your ideas & imput on this! ;-)

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    Tma 8

    Did you mean 1896?, this one on the link is described as such, or is this type Austro Hungarian? sorry to confuse things!....
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    No, doesn't look like it. The one you pictured is not German but Austrian. I'm not a uniform or equipment expert, I just liked the look and feel of this axe... and like to know more ;-)

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