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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]


Chris, got the buckle thanks and what a beauty, posted it on the forum already (war relics forum) I mod the buckle forum I have put a thanks to you on there with your site title so might drum up a bit of business for you :)

B E, UK, 13.12.2011

Buttons received thanks Chris. Again, very happy. No doubt you'll be hearing from me again soon.

D R, UK, 15.01.2011