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..of the highest quality...

I love ebay... when the description says "letter opener and WW1 german odds and ends"... few people look...

"This must be a letter opener as it is only 25cms long and not big enough for a weapon" :jumping:

It is a superb quality knife and mine as of today :D

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We should make a bet on that in the Lounge ;-)

The tip will be ruined within a fortnight and bits of the cracked handle will turn up under a mouldy leather hat in the boot of your car next year.

Very nice knife, by the way (while it lasts). :P

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T bits of the cracked handle will turn up under a mouldy leather hat

Mouldy !?!?!? you meaned "Broken in" or "seasoned" !!

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Mouldy !?!?!? you meaned "Broken in" or "seasoned" !!

Well, something along those lines.

And what does Astrid think of the latest addition to the blade collection?

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Well, something along those lines.

And what does Astrid think of the latest addition to the blade collection?

Well, as it is a real WW1 blade... she looked at it and said "oh".... then continued chomping her dinner....

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Could it be an "improved" French knife ?

Hello Chris,

Don't think it's an improved French knife. According to " German Military Fighting knives" written by Gordon A. Hughes, there were a lot of German " Nachkampfmesser' similar like yours.

Kind regards,

Jef

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Agreed, the horn handle is very "German" but the blade style and wide quillion is very "Vengeur de 1870" in style.

Whatever, someone, somewhere made it... and made me very happy.

This just ooooozes high quality....

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This just ooooozes high quality....

Very nice knife Chris, :jumping::jumping:

:shame: as long as nobody ooooozes high quality blood playing with it :o:P

Have a nice weekend, I am off to the country place for the weekend to pick some grapes and apples :D

Kevin in Deva :beer:

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Chris,

That is not one of the common patterns. Very nice. Did the sheath come with it?

Chip

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Chris,

That is not one of the common patterns. Very nice. Did the sheath come with it?

Chip

Yes indeed, and a sturdy well made sheath it is, inspite of looking a little "showy"

There is no clip or anything on it.

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Chris,

That is not one of the common patterns.

Am I imagining things, or is this one of the first "true stilletto" designs I have seen from the german side. Maybe that is why it stands out.

Best

Chris

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Am I imagining things, or is this one of the first "true stilletto" designs I have seen from the german side. Maybe that is why it stands out.

Chris,

One thing for sure, that is no general purpose hunters knife. It was made for one reason, letting blood, not opening letters. It is a nice quality piece and the style is Germanic. If you got it from Germany, there is at least a better than average chance it was made there. I have a German trench made dagger that I will photo and post tomorrow. It is made from steel and shell brass. The blade is at least 1/8 inch thick and is very sharp and stiff. I have a photo somewhere of a German machinegunner wearing a near identical one in his boot. Maybe a trench knife thread is in order, if you think you are up to it. :cheeky:

Dan

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Has anyone heard of German soldiers forbidden to carry non issue combat knives?

I recently read (but do not know where) that they had certain amounts of combat knives issued and that private ones were forbidden. The issue number was something silly like 6-12 per Komp.

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Chris

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Chris,

I had not heard of this and even if it is true, it must have been widely ignored. These "Extra" knives show up quite often in period photos.

Chip

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