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WWII knife brought back from Italy?

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    Hey Guys.
    I have a chance to buy this knife.
    It's a mix match, but what are they?
    Real?
    What kind of knife is it?
    Is it common?
    How much would be the limit to pay for it?
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    There is a similar knife illustrated in a French book - Couteaux de Combat by Jean Fontvielle.

    It is marked Acier Fondu (cast steel) and is described as being made in 1915 as part of a batch of 200000 knives converted from butchers and other civilian knives for issue to French troops in the trenches.

    The hilt in the book example look identical to yours - with wood grips and brass fittings.

    The scabbard on your example looks like it started life as a bayonet scabbard.

    Valuation is always difficult. These knives are uncommon - other then the book I have never seen one in more than 30 years of collecting.

    I would probably pay about 100 for this providing I was convinced it was authentic.

    BTW - I am not saying this one isn't, from what I can tell from the photos it looks OK based on the patination.

    Regards

    Richie

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    Thanks Richie.
    I will go for it then.
    Will post better pics if I get it.

    Danger

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    The stamp on the knife says Batisse.

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    Quote by Danger View Post
    The stamp on the knife says Batisse.
    Did a quick Google - it appears Batisse were a French knife making company based in Thiers.

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    Cheers mate.
    People are bidding hard for it.

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    Well I won it.
    Will have to post pics when I get it.
    And re-post under french knifes.

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    Quote by Danger View Post
    Well I won it.
    Danger

    Well done - look forward to seeing more photos.

    If you don't mind me asking, how much did it cost ?

    Regards

    Richie

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    Hey Richie.
    I paid $100NZD, about 50 pounds.
    I saw the same knife for $250USD after researching on the net.
    And my wife says I buy junk, HA!!

    Danger

    Great War Militaria - Great War Militaria

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    "I paid $100NZD, about 50 pounds" ....... a very good price I would say

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