Original U.S. WWI M1917 Trench Knife by L.F. & C. dated 1917 with Replica WWII Leather Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This very good condition Model 1917 trench knife has a wood handle, triangular stiletto blade, and replica WWII style leather scabbard a belt loop and securing strap.

The top of the guard is is nicely marked:

L.F. & C.

Landers, Frary, and Clark (L.F. & C.) began in 1853 as Landers & Smith Manufacturing Company, and in 1862 became known as Landers, Frary & Clark. They were in New Britain, Connecticut, and made a number of house hold items, as well as items for the military. They closed their doors in 1965.

Notable features of this example:

• Triangular 9" steel blade, which is in excellent condition. Definitely one of the better ones we have seen, with minimal wear on the corners, and just a bit of chipping on one side. Original finish is very well retained.
• Very good condition wood grip, with a lovely red-brown color. The original milling texture can still be see in many places, and it shows only light wear.
• Very condition spiked steel hand guard, with no major dents or bends. The original finish is very well retained, probably at about 90%, withy just a few areas of oxidation.

Overall condition is very good, with a great lightly worn patina. There is no play in the the crossguard or handle. It has been fitted with a very nice WWII style custom leather scabbard, which looks to be of relatively recent manufacture. The shape is definitely designed to fit this type of knife.

A great addition to any military knife collection. Read to display!

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 then 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.

Blade length: 9”
Overall length: 14”
Scabbard length: 9 7/8"
Handguard: 4 1/2”x 5”

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