Product Description: This Sutherland & Rhoden of Sheffield Push Knife is a very scarce and desirable weapon. This is an aluminum handled push dagger style knife, complete with its original period scabbard. This unusual fighting knife was made for stabbing from behind, and not knife fighting. The blade is oriented horizontally to the ground when held. The aluminum handle is cast on to the blade, and has a pistol grip style, which is molded to the way your fingers wrap around it. It has a steel rounded knuckle bow designed to cover the last three fingers only. The blade is double-edged, with the makers mark Sutherland & Rhoden of Sheffield etched on the blade near the grip. It measures 6-1/4 inches long overall (tip to back of grip). The scabbard of this push knife is made of brown leather, and is complete and sound, showing only very light wear, and normal age toning and patina. These knives are very rare to find with the original scabbard. This is a very nice example of this hard to find combat knife, and remains in excellent condition.
Historical Description: The fighting knives used by Allied forces in WWII had their roots in the “trench knives” used by both sides in WWI. Initially, the type of large, fixed blade knives that we would see as “combat knives” were only issued to military personnel in specific roles, such as Navy sailors who worked “topside” and who had to cut rope and line. Issue of knives eventually expanded to commando units and to other types of units as well, but many soldiers bought or were gifted various types of private purchase knives, some of which were hunting knives, some of which were intended specifically for military use. A large number of “theater made” knife types were produced, sometimes by civilian in occupied areas and other times, by the soldiers themselves. The Army, Navy and Marines all had their own knives that they issued, with some soldiers issued “survival” knives (such as machetes) that were not chiefly intended for combat. By 1943, knives were being issued to all combat soldiers who carried a weapon that did not have a bayonet. As with all edged weapons of WWII, the knives used by Allied servicemen are avidly collected today for their historical value.
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