This month the annoyingly illusive, long guard Leupold trench knife. It is the knife pictured to the right (arrow pointing to the guard). For your visual comparison, I have placed an exact blade/handle matching short guard Leupold to the left. Both knives’ blades are 147mm long and are completely unmarked, I believe they were (both) manufactured by the same (unknown to me) firm.
I would surmise these long guard-ed variants were not as popular and therefore, rarer (than the short guard models) because they would appear to pose a significant “snagging” hazard while maneuvering in the confines of a trench system. Imagine, having to turn sideways in a trench whilst passing other troops and having one or the other end of this longer guard sticking out away from your belt. Perhaps, I am reading too much into why this long guard model was not as popular/common, it could very well be a cost issue or a wartime materials’ saving measure and nothing more interesting than that. In either case, it is well balanced and definitely gives a much surer feeling when gripped as compared to the short guard variant. There is little chance of your hand slipping onto the blade when using this knife. OK, enough informed speculation, time to get back to collecting!
P.S. Unfortunately, I’ve no accompanying period/contemporary picture(s) this month, as I have not viewed a clearly identifiable image (just a few “iffy” ones) of a long guard-ed Leupold trench knife being worn/carried. If you possess a contemporary image of one of these “unicorns” being carried, please feel free to post/share it.
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