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Title WW1 fighting knife
Nationality Austrian
Period 1917/18
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This was used at the end of the Great War, from 1917 on, by both the regular KuK and Honved elements of the old Austrian army. They were issued to frontline troops, such as storm battalions. It was such a popular knife that the Italian army used them in North Africa extensively in WW2.

There is a double eagle ordnance stamp punched into the guard and a small maker mark ('R') at the forte. The grip is beechwood and has shrunk somewhat, leaving the twin elements slightly loose on the hilt. However, it has its original leather belt loop. The paintwork is not the original, which would have been a field grey finish. The edge of the blade has suffered somewhat from sharpening, but still this remains a good example of its type.

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


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

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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

My husband LOVED his North Africa escape map - I had it professionally framed - it's beautiful.

T A, UK, 02.04.2013

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