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Old March 17th, 2010, 11:45 PM #1
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Vicious WWI Trench Knives!

Here's some of my favorite knives, at the top left are 3 slightly different examples of the US1917 triangular bladed trench knife. They were designed specifically to "pierce thick German trench coats" and were issued to WWI U.S. Army "Doughboys" to go along with their 1911 pistols(see picture).
To the right are 5 slightly different examples of the US1918 brass knuckle trench knife. I would probably carry one of these around with me everywhere I go if I could! The 3 on top are early examples made in France under contract and the blades are marked "Au Lion". The one with the black blade is American made by the "Landers, Frary, and Clark" company. Below that is a rare example marked "O.C.L." which stood for "Oneida Community Limited". The blade has been lost, or maybe it never came with one. These 1918 knuckle knives came too late in WWI to be of much use and were reissued to American paratroopers during WWII. Below them at the bottom right is a "French Nail". These crude trench knives were made by WWI French soldiers from German barbed-wire fence posts because of a shortage of knives at the front. Notice the sloppy "blood groove" carved into the blade. To the left next to the picture of the "Doughboy" are 3 British trench weapons made from aluminum. The two with a blade are marked "Robbins Dudley" and the 2-finger knuckles are marked with an "H". In the background is a handmade Afghan war rug.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 12:04 AM #2
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- A Nice Collection: The WWI knives are some of the most gruesome, that kind of close quartered, trench-foot soggy muddy trench style warfare is something that hopefully we'll never see again.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 02:06 PM #3
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- A Nice Collection: The WWI knives are some of the most gruesome, that kind of close quartered, trench-foot soggy muddy trench style warfare is something that hopefully we'll never see again.
I've heard those triangular bladed knives were even outlawed for use in warfare by the Geneva Conventions.
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I believe you are correct on that - I'm sure someone with citation info will be around shortly
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Only the police and doughboys should be allowed to own those.
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Only the police and doughboys should be allowed to own those.
I think there's one or two backward states that outlaw ownership of these historic knives.
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Nice collection!! Very cool stuff man!
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Thanks! There will be more to come!
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WOW! As a fellow WWI collector I must say you have an awesome collection!
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Great collection.My Grandpop carried one of those with the Brass knuckles.A cousin of mine has it now.
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