Original German WWII Trench Knife with Boot Scabbard - Maker Marked

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Rare German WWII boot knife with clip back steel scabbard typical World War II trench knife style, with a 6 ¾ spear-point dagger blade and an overall length of 11 ¼. The knife has slab wood scales (grips) with finger grooves to improve the gripping surface. The scales are retained with three pins. The hilt has a cross guard extension and the blade is stamped on the Ricasso with a maker’s mark on one side. The metal scabbard is black enameled with rear spring clip; both in good condition for its age.

History of the German WWII Trench Knife:
In hand-to-hand combat, the edge went to the combatant who was better trained and adequately armed. The well trained professional soldier of the Third Reich saw to it that he had the edge by carrying a close combat knife (also referred to as a trench knife, which was the name given to it during the trench warfare of World War I). Close combat knives were a basic issue item and were issued to the individual. The basic issue knife was constructed of a one piece blade and tang, fitted with two wood grips normally riveted in three places for added strength. The blade was double edged, with the second edge running halfway up the top portion of the blade. A short metal guard provided the necessary weight in arriving at a closely balanced knife. The sheath was constructed of seamless drawn steel tubing painted black. A spring clip was normally riveted to the back, allowing the wearer to fit it to his belt, clip it to his boot, or some other place on his uniform which would allow ready access.

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