Original German WWI Trench Fighting Knife by ERN with Ribbed Grips and Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice service used example of an original trench fighting knife (kampfmesser) with its original scabbard, as used by the Germans in WWI. Based on the amount of wear, it is very likely it saw service long after WWI, possibly into WWII. The design features a full tang with an all wood ribbed hilt secured by two pins. The knife has a single edged spear point blade of 5 1/2", with a false edge on the top, and measures 10 5/8" in overall length.

The blade shows some sharpening, which has possibly shortened as well as narrowed the blade. It still has the correct shape, and is not currently very sharp. The blade is still faintly marked on both sides. One side is marked with a German proof mark and the maker name:


The other side is marked very faintly with RASIERMESSER FABRIK, or "Razor Factory.". This is a known maker of German WWI Trench knives. The proof mark confirms that this was a WWI issued knife, but after that, it is up to the imagination regarding what it has done since. There is a "GERMANY" stamp on one side, indicating that the knife was exported as surplus sometime post war.

The original scabbard is in very good condition, with a black finish on the metal shell, and the usual leather belt loop and securing strap. The leather is worn, but still solid, and the snap is still functional, but it is loose and unsnaps easily.

A very nice example for display in any quality German edged weapons collection.

Blade Length: 5 1/2"
Blade Style: Single Edged Knife with Spear Point False Edge
Overall length: 10 5/8“
Crossguard: 2”
Scabbard Length: 6 3/8" + Belt Loop

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