WW1 Fighting Knife
This Fighting Knife was made from a 1874 French Bayonet.
Measures: 10" From Blad - end of Grip (5' Blade)
In World War I, military use of the fighting knife saw the introduction of the "trench knife", a fighting knife designed solely for military use in the trench warfare of that conflict. On the Allied side, these "knives" were originally little more than sharpened spikes or cut-down bayonets fitted with handles.
* What is a French 1874 Bayonet ?
French Model 1874 "Gras" Sword Bayonet With Navy/Colonial Markings (Anchor) It is believed that the anchor markings were used to indicate Colonial Troop usage - as opposed to Navy usage - and would have been used in "foreign soil" conflicts as noted above.
* What is a Trench Knife ?
A trench knife is a combat knife designed to kill or incapacitate an enemy at close quarters, such as in a trench or other confined area.It was developed as a close combat weapon for soldiers attacking enemy trenches during the First World War. An example of a World War I trench knife is the German Army's Nahkampfmesser (close combat knife).
World War I was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously known as the Great War or "the war to end all wars", it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. It is also one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated 9 million combatant deaths and 13 million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war, while resulting genocides and the related 1918 Spanish flu pandemic caused another 17–100 million deaths worldwide, including an estimated 2.64 million Spanish flu deaths in Europe and as many as 675,000 Spanish flu deaths in the United States.
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SKU: WW1 Fighting Knife