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Original U.S. WWII Custom Knuckle Duster Fighting Knife As Seen in Book Signed By Author - Page 292

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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. As seen in the fantastic book Knuckle Knives of the Second World War by Greg Aloisio on page 292, this knife is a custom made cast fighting knife with leather sheath. The author used this knife and a specimen for his wonderful book and even signed page 292 where this knife is featured. The signed copy of the book accompanies the purchase of this knife.

The knife features a double edged blade, sturdy construction and heavy cast aluminum knuckle grip. It has custom made wartime leather scabbard with belt hanger. The knife measures 12 3/4 inches in overall length with a 7 ½ inch blade. It is offered in very good condition with fantastic provenance.

Overall a very interesting custom WW2 trench knife featured in the definitive book on the subject, you can't ask for more than that!

Blade Length: 7 1/2”
Blade Style: Broad Double Edged Spear Point
Overall Length: 12 3/4"
Grip: 5"L x 3"W
Scabbard Length: 8" with belt loop

The first official U.S. trench knife adopted for service issue was the U.S. M1917 trench knife designed by Henry Disston & Sons and based on examples of trench knives in service with the French Army. The M1917 featured a triangular stiletto blade, wooden grip, metal knuckle guard, and a rounded pommel. The M1917 proved unsatisfactory in service, and a slightly improved version, the M1918, was adopted within months. Despite this, the M1918 is almost identical to the M1917, differing primarily in the construction and appearance of the knuckle guard. Usable only as stabbing weapons, the M1917 and M1918 frequently suffered broken blades. Their limited utility and general unpopularity caused the AEF to empanel a testing board in 1918 to test various trench knives and select a replacement.

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