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Title US model 1917 trench knife
Nationality American
Period 1917/18

This fiersome weapon has the distinction of being the first knuckle knife officially issued to any army in wartime. The pattern was designed by Henry Disston & Sons of Philadelphia. This particular example was made by Landers, Frari & Clark (L.F.&C. as shown on the guard). It was an issue weapon for close combat work for the troops in the trenches.

113,000 of these knives were produced by this company (ie LF&C) and another smaller company (Oneida Community Ltd, New York State) made another 10,000 pieces.

Its condition is superb for the age, the scabbard showing some signs of wear and tear, but still having the bulk of its green leather stain intact and all its original blueing on the hilt and blade, together with a beautiful walnut grip.

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

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


Thank you Chris. As always, superb service.

G D, UK, 02.03.2012

Found the item a little on the expensive side and a bit disappointed that you were unwilling to bend a bit on the price of the Officer's Tunic Eagle (half the fun of buying, after all, is the haggling), but impressed by the speed of delivery and the quality of the item. Was well worth it in the long run...

G F, UK, 30.08.2005