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    U.s.1918 trench knife (original)

    hi,i have acquired an original U.S.1918 trench knife.
    my father obtained it from an american airman in wwII,so i know it to be authentic.
    it is in good original condition with it's brown leather scabbard.
    does anyone know it's value or where i can sell such an item ?
    as i am not a collector myself.
    further info or photo's can be forwarded by e-mail.
    thanks,carl.
    Last edited by carl-dig; 20-11-10 at 02:37 PM.

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    Re: U.s.1918 trench knife (original)

    If it's the type that I know with a knuckle duster guard you can't offer it for sale in the UK.
    "Knowledge without wisdom is as books carried on the back of an ass"...Japanese proverb

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    Talking Re: U.s.1918 trench knife (original)

    yes it is that kind, that surprises me.
    how do dealers and collectors manage to trade ?
    i guess it needs to go abroad then or make a nice paperweight !

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    Re: U.s.1918 trench knife (original)

    Check your PM's
    Whoever dies with the most tools wins.......Now accepting donations.
    I buy old folding and fixed blade knives of all kinds. Especially Case. PM Me.

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    Re: U.s.1918 trench knife (original)

    Is that the one with the triangle style blade and obviously as mentioned knuckle duster? It was on a Pawn Stars episode, think its worth was estimated at $300 in good shape, sold in America mind you.

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    Re: U.s.1918 trench knife (original)

    No,its got a straight blade thats stamped with a lion,brass handle marked 1918, with a pointed nut at the end.

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    Re: U.s.1918 trench knife (original)

    sent from my LAPTOP using 1 finger and 12 bottles of BLÅ THOR

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    Re: U.s.1918 trench knife (original)

    Quote Originally Posted by carl-dig View Post
    hi,i have acquired an original U.S.1918 trench knife.
    my father obtained it from an american airman in wwII,so i know it to be authentic.
    it is in good original condition with it's brown leather scabbard.
    does anyone know it's value or where i can sell such an item ?
    as i am not a collector myself.
    further info or photo's can be forwarded by e-mail.
    thanks,carl.
    Quote Originally Posted by carl-dig View Post
    No,its got a straight blade thats stamped with a lion,brass handle marked 1918, with a pointed nut at the end.
    Carl,

    You have a WWI US government issue M1918 Mark 1 trench knife. Your particular model with the reposed lion (Au Lion) was made in France and these are possibly the only Mark 1's that saw action in WWI; the other ones made by LF&C and H.D. & S. in the U.S. arrived too late for the hostilities. The original scabbard was made of metal, but in WWII a number were re-issued to US airborne troops and those have leather scabbards. In very good condition, with the scabbard, in the U.S. it would go for $700 on up. Here is a picture of mine; notice that the pointed nut at the end (a.k.a. the skull crusher) is flattened. Hope this helps.



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    Re: U.s.1918 trench knife (original)

    thanks gunbarrel, thats cleared things up,mine is the same as yours and thanks for the history,very interesting.

    i've noticed on the scabbard,theres a faint stamp with, U.S M6, then the makers sign 'Barwood', and under that 1943, so if thats a date it would tie in with when the Airbourne went in.
    the price was interesting,mine would be discribed as good cond.not very good but it is 92 years old and been through 2 world wars.
    just need to sell it now. does anyone know of a good militaria auction site i can use.
    Last edited by carl-dig; 21-11-10 at 02:32 PM.

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    Re: U.s.1918 trench knife (original)

    Carl-dig,

    I saw your knife on eBay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/WWI-U-S-governme...-/150523361649

    I'd hate to tell you this, but knuckle knives are not allowed on eBay; so, it's just a matter of time before the eBay police pulls the auction. You may want to try gunbroker.com . Too bad the M6 scabbard is so ratty; in excellent condition it would have fetched about $500 by itself. In this condition is not worth much. Good luck!

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    Re: U.s.1918 trench knife (original)

    gunbarrel,
    thanks for all your help and valued advice.
    (it did a day on ebay u.s. then got delisted ???)
    Last edited by carl-dig; 23-11-10 at 11:56 AM.

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    Re: U.s.1918 trench knife (original)

    Thats a shame,
    sure a collector will jump at the chance.
    regards,
    Bri

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    Re: U.s.1918 trench knife (original)

    Carl,
    I have been trying to obtain a knife such as this. If you wish to deal, shoot me an e-mail. I'd also like to get some pics of it. Thanks.

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    Re: U.s.1918 trench knife (original)

    Quote Originally Posted by olfart01 View Post
    Carl,
    I have been trying to obtain a knife such as this. If you wish to deal, shoot me an e-mail. I'd also like to get some pics of it. Thanks.
    I do not wish to stop any deal between members but just be careful on this. A friend of mine exported a BC41 knuckle knife to the USA, it was impounded by customs in this country. He appealed on the basis that the law did not prohibit export and item was released.

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