German Fighting Knife

Condition: Excellent


SKU: JW3700 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This German fighting knife is an attractive, complete example, in excellent condition. The blade is bright, and was cleaned at some point in the past. It has been sharpened, and has some freckling from age, but still rates as excellent. The wooden grips show beautiful grain as well as light wear and age toning. The rivets that hold the grips to the full tang are original and still tight. There is a small extra hole in the grip on one side, likely where some sort of pin was affixed at one point. This German fighting knife is complete with itys original steel scabbard. The scabbard retains its spring clip, as well as about 70 percent of the original black painted finish. Where the paint is worn away, the bare steel has a deep old patina. This German “trench knife” has a great look, and would be a great addition to any “combat” display.



Historical Description: The typical German fighting knife of the World Wars was a conventional, general purpose knife, sturdily made, with a full tang and slab grips, and a steel scabbard. The blade length was about 6 inches long. Between 1914 and 1918, there were many makers of these knives, known as “Grabenmesser” (trench knives). Wooden handles were common, and most had a leather belt loop on the scabbard. Some of these knives were privately purchased by the soldiers, while others were issued items. There were many variations, including stag grips, solid metal handles, and even some with offset handles and slots that allowed them to be fixed to rifles, bayonet style.


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