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That WWI German & occasional Austrian Trench Knife Thread

Article about: Hi guys, My latest trench knife :-) ERN mm and imperial stamped . The complete knife is in fair to good condition, with some rust pitting on the blade :-/ Unfortunately the tip is broken ! I

  1. #101

    Default Non-fixable bayonet styled Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie trench knife.

    Greetings all,

    This week a bayonet styled, but non-fixable Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie (WKC) knife with a 155mm long blade. There is no mortised slot in the bird’s head pommel nor is the push button functional. These also came in a similarly styled, but fixable and fully functional bayonet variant too. The WKC company is still making quality military blades today see here Military Swords, sabers production by WKC Solingen, Germany, since 1883

    Regards,

    Lance

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  2. #102

    Default Another Eickhorn non-fixable private purchase trench knife variant.

    Greetings all,

    Another non-fixable private purchase offering from Eickhorn, with a 150mm long blade and a black painted finish on the pommel. No mortised slot in the handle and the mounting button (on the other side) is purely ornamental. It would of originally possessed a leather washer at the ricasso’s base, but it has been lost to time. But hey, at least the scabbard is not roached out.

    Regards,

    Lance

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    Here is my only example that would not fall into the "common" category. Not the best photos.

    CCMJR

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    Default Nicker, Knicker, Nickfänger, and Genickfänger: The traditional hunting knife goes to war

    Greetings all,

    This week we have a 100mm bladed “knicker,” a small hunting knife originally designed to finish off a wounded deer by cutting the top/back of the neck. These knives came in many styles and sizes. They make an excellent and compact working knife whilst a soldier is in the field. They surely have cut more meals apart than human enemies, but as they could be easily tucked in a boot or pocket, they found their way into the trenches too. These are typically seen in early war’s photographs as these knives are great for cutting wurst and cheese, but realistically do not hold up well to rough handling or extended hard use. This one is not maker marked, but instead is marked by its retailer “Albertini” out of Munich. In a few months when I am back in Germany, I will attempt to see what is on the street there now (Google’s Maps was not too helpful, as far as a decent street’s view).

    Regards,

    Lance

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  5. #105

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    My example of a Knicker. Unmarked - perhaps the
    maker's mark is worn off. A well used, excellent
    quality knife.........
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    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Good evening,

    I like to share another one of my knives and use it to gather some more information if possible. This is a 42er Deutsche Brummer private purchase knife without any maker markings. As I understand there were three periods in history where these we're sold. One during World War 1, in the 1930s and one in I think the 80s. Does anyone know if and how these might be distinguished? I've also not seen this type of sheath (with the well known snow flake), does anyone have any information about this type of sheath?

    Best regards,

    Sven

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    Hello Sven
    Yes your knife is private purchase WW1 J.H.Becker? the shell '42' is in reference to the siege mortars that destroyed the Belgium forts 1914. The steel sheath is a variation of the hunting leather example., nice thank you for showing.

    Eric

  8. #108

    Default Austrian Hunting/Utility Combination Tool Trench Knife.

    Greetings all,

    This week a private purchased offering from a Vienna based retailer with a multi-tool-esque handle. The blade is 135mm long and unfortunately the tweezers and other pieces that fit into the handle have been lost to time. The pictured German soldiers are wearing similar, but not exactly the same type of knife. This is another pre-war style of hunting/utility knife, which were widely available. This design is precursor of the later WWII designs as viewed here WWII German Combination Tool Trench Knife variants

    Regards,

    Lance

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    Some of the "Knickers" in my collection.
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    The second from the top was brought from Germany in 1954 by my father when they came to Canada. This Knicker was used to skin all of the rabbits that I raised when I was young.
    It is well used and has been sharpened often. The maker's mark is unreadable. This piece is 18 cm long with the handle being 10 cm.
    Ralph.
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    Searching for anything relating to, Anton Boos, 934 Stamm. Kp. Pz. Erz. Abt. 7, 3 Kompanie, Panzer-Regiment 2, 16th Panzer-Division (My father)

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    Those are some really neat looking pieces.
    gregM
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