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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]

testimonials

My Arisaka arrived at 9.00am. Very prompt delivery and excellent packaging! The blade is superb.. and just what I was after, its in very fine condition and just as you described.. I've referenced it in my copy of Raymond La Bar's book "Bayonets of Japan".

Many thanks, Chris, once again its been a pleasure doing business!

S A, UK, 14.08.2012

Just to let you know the badge arrived safely. Thank you very much. I'm very pleased with it.

R L, UK, 22.04.2009

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