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Title Gottlieb Hammesfahr trench knife
Nationality German
Period c 1916

This classic knife, with a 15 cm blade, was made at Solingen-Foche by Gottlieb Hammesfahr, one of the oldest Solingen blade makers. This example, with its fruitwood grip, must not be confused with the Indian copy with rosewood grip plates, as retailed by WWA in Birmingham. This is the real deal!

The leather straps of the scabbard have suffered with age and some moth damage. The blade has been field sharpened with a grindstone on one side and there are old bruises to the back of the blade (from use as a hammer?). There is an ordnance inspection stamp (crown over gothic 'C'). The scabbard paint appears to be an old refinish (for WW2?). I've left the iron work of the hilt with a light russet finish, as I found it.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Dirks : German : 20th Century]


The day the blunderbuss arrives I could not stop looking and feeling the gun for at least one hour. My wife told me that I was sick........ I am very happy, it is a piece of craftsmanship! Well made! I have 5 blunderbusses but all iron barrel, also from England but this one is gorgeous with the Brass Barrel.

Please keep me informed when you have any other type of blunderbuss. Thanks my friend!

M R, USA, 04.08.2011

The bayonet arrived safely this morning, it's excellent and exactly what I've been looking for, I'm very pleased with it! ... I've bookmarked your site and will keep a regular check to see what you have.

S A, UK, 05.01.2006