Original WWII Theater-Made Knuckle Knife made from WWI MkI M-1918 LF&C Trench Knife Hilt with Sheath
Original Item: One of a Kind. Impressive example of a Theater-Made /Theater-Modified MKI M-1918 Knuckle Knife. We purchased this directly from Greg Aloisio, author of the excellent work Knuckle Knives of the Second World War. While not featured in the book, it was part of his personal collection.
The brass handle is from a Landers, Frary & Clark WWI 1918 Mark 1 Trench knife, though it has been altered to the point that the manufacturer cannot be read (One can make out the “U.S.” and “L,F&C”). The shape of the loops is distinctive, and would not be possible to replicate in the field. The blade however would have easily been made in the on-ship foundries that the capital and transport ships had, or made in a machine shop on land somewhere most likely in the PTO.
Our belief is that a serviceman had a damaged Mark 1 trench knife, which was still issued even in WWII, and had it turned into this sizable knuckle knife. Alterations include removal of the “skull cracker” on the pommel, and increasing the blade size. The sheath is a vintage 1930s-1940s Marbles Brand, and features a Marbles snap on the securing strap on the sheath. Overall length is an impressive 13” overall, with a blade length of 9”.
This is a great example of a theatre made knife which has connections to both World Wars! Perfect for a PTO, US Marine Corps, or a general edged weapons display or collection.
Blade Length: 9"
Blade Style: Double Edged Dagger
Overall length: 13“
Guard: 4" long x 3 1/4" wide
Scabbard Length: 10 1/2" + belt loop
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