During the positional war during the First World War and the resulting trench warfare, many of the insufficiently equipped soldiers developed auxiliary weapons, which were manufactured in field forges and workshops on and behind the front. In the course of the battles, however, it became clear that the soldiers’ equipment and armament did not meet the requirements of this particular fighting style. In 1915 Boker was therefore commissioned by the Ministry of War to develop a compact combat knife that was ideally suited for precisely this purpose. For comparison, see the real-deal WW1 era Kampfmesser trench dagger I have available for sale.
The true-to-the-original Boker Trench Knive’s blade is made of tool-grade C75 high-carbon stainless steel alloy. This carbon steel with an enormous edge retention requires appropriate care today as it did then. The massive stainless steel crossguard, the old official tang stamp on the blade, the local ribbed wood handle and the authentic sheath made of high-quality leather are also part of the original equipment. The knives is marked with serial number 5450 on ricasso. This handsome Boker Germany commemorative trench knife will make an excellent addition to any collection.
This Boker Germany commemorative trench knife has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it’s in 100% original “as is” condition; these are the actual photos. I have a few more vintage European knives, as well as WW2 era combat knives and bayonets, scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives from other countries available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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