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Title Trench knife, 1917 model
Nationality Austrian
Period c 1917-18

This is the classic issue trench knife of the KuK forces in the latter part of WW1. This particular example has an Austrian coat of arms stamped on the guard as opposed to the Hungarian arms. These were later used in WW2 by the Italians, who captured large quantities of them when Austria surrendered in 1918.

The blade (just over 8.5" long) has all its original form. The maker's mark ('WWF' for Wiener Wappen Fabrik) is punched into one side of the forte. The scabbard, though somewhat battered, has much of its original paintwork and what appears to be the original leather strap, though this is somewhat frail in parts. The grip is fruitwood.

In over 40 years of dealing, this is the first time I have had an example with a really nice blade, hence the price.

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

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


Arrived safely in the last hour. Well pleased, thanks for additional info.

J A, UK, 11.04.2013

Just wanted to thank you very much for finding the sword - you have made C's day and therefore mine!

A J, UK, 04.05.2006