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The U.S. M1918 Mk. I Trench Knife Thread.

Article about: Greetings all, This will be a closed thread to act as a quick reference guide to originals. If you are looking at getting into collecting these and wish to compare a possible reproduction wi

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    Default WWII use of the U.S. M1918 Mk. I Trench Knife.

    Greetings all,

    Yes, I’m quite aware this is a WWI thread… but I thought it would be best to add these contemporary WWII shots of the U.S. M1918 Mk. I Trench Knife being worn here, so that this thread is a one stop shop for those interested in these style knives. There are no known (Read: Published) WWI contemporary shots with these knives being worn, except for the post-war (Circa 1919) occupation USMC’s shot at the start of this thread. Most (but not all) of these knives are shown being carried by Paratroopers. All credit to the original posters of these photos, from various websites on the WWW.

    Njoy,

    Lance

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    Default Some WWII variants.

    Greetings all,

    Here is a selection of modified L. F. & C. knuckles. As you can see they come in a variety of shapes and sizes based upon their users’/owners’ preferences.

    These hilt's modified knives are typically referred to as the “airborne modification,” however plenty of dirty nasty “legs” carried modified (& unmodified) knuckle knives too.

    I suspect, with the premium prices garnered for airborne force’s equipage, it is only natural for sellers to emphasize these knives’ ties to paratroopers versus non-airborne soldiers.

    These knives are a royal pain to carry with an unmodified handle, they tend to dig into your sides (the round hilt) when you get prone and an unmodified knife (if not worn high) will beat your sides in on a foot march (as it flops around). Of course you could tie it down to your leg ala "gunslinger" mode, but too, that’s a great way to cut down on your leg’s blood circulation (if done for any significant period of time). As an aside, it is extremely rare to view seasoned troops with M1916 holsters or later WWII M6/M8 scabbards actually tied down (even though they were issued with leather thongs for that purpose).

    Whatever the background of the knives in question, they are another group of variants to collect;-)

    V/r Lance

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