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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]


I have in the last six months inherited my late father Alan Swain's police memorabilia collection along with much paperwork receipts etc. I would like to pass on to you my thanks for such good dealership with my father going back to the late 80s and well into the 1990s.

Laurence Swain, UK, 20.08.2016

Just to let you know that the bayonet arrived safely this morning by Royal Mail. I am delighted with it and it will be put to very good use at some forthcoming events.

A F, UK, 23.05.2009