Original U.S. WWI M1917 Trench Knife by L.F. & C dated 1917 with Scabbard by Jewell dated 1918
Original Item: Only One Available. This very good condition Model 1917 trench knife has a wood handle, triangular stiletto blade, and leather scabbard with standard GI Pistol belt hook attachment.
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" black steel blade. Blade has around 80% of original finish, with just the usual runner marks, and little to no signs of wear. The corners are still mostly sharp, and most of the wear seems to be from the scabbard itself. Really a choice example!
- Very good condition wood grip. Has a few dents, but a great color, and solid shape without the usual rounding from use.
- Excellent condition spiked steel hand guard, with no dents or bends we can see. There is just a bit of light wear on the edges, with no oxidation or rust we can see.
- Leather scabbard marked JEWELL - 1918 with steel throat and tip marked: M.S. Scabbard is in solid condition with leather still painted and soft, though it is loose in the throat, and one of the tip rivets is missing.
- Standard pistol belt brass attachment hook
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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