Original WWI Austro-Hungarian Fighting Knife with Steel Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of the rarely seen Austo-Hungarian WWI Fighting Knife, complete with its original scabbard and leather belt loop. These fighting knives were issued to troops of the Austro-Hungarian Empire who fought alongside Germany during WWI. After WWI many were re-used by Italian troops through to the end of WWII.
The knife is 13 inches overall, with a 8 1/4 inch spear-point blade, which has a full-length bottom edge, with a 3 inch false edge on the top. There is a maker mark Z engraved on the ricasso, but we do not know which maker this indicates. Offered in very good used condition, the knife shows some wear and oxidation, but also a lot of the original factory grinding marks. It also has the classic Austro-Hungarian wood grip panels secured by three pins, which have a lovely color.
The knife comes in a genuine rolled steel WWI scabbard with leather belt loop on the rear. Originally painted gray, the scabbard still has about 60% of the paint retained, with areas of light oxidation.
A very good example for display in any quality Great War edged weapon collection.
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