Rare France WW1 fighting dagger LEBEL bayonet trench knife made from model M1886/91 long “spike” bayonet; original metal scabbard included. Great overall condition, considering the age.
Very cool and rare fighting dagger/trench knife made from the French M1886/91 Lebel bayonet used by the French military during WW1. Original “long” bayonet’s spike blade has been cut-down to 11-1/4″ / 28.5 cm, muzzle ring and bayonet release mechanism had been removed. Comes with the original metal scabbard modified from the long tubular Lebel scabbard; about 50% of the original black finish remaining. These field-modified “bayonet trench daggers” were popular with the French infantrymen as they provided to be much handier in the close-quarters fighting than the standard issue extra-long Lebel rifle bayonet.
This dagger is about 11-1/4″ / 28.5 cm overall; spike blade is about 6-1/2″ / 16.5 cm. Excellent overall condition, considering the age; all handle parts are solid; original curved quillion with arsenal markings is not damaged, spike tip is intact; the scabbard is tight and problem-free. Very cool and very rare WW1 era French close quarters fighting knife/trench dagger. This old timer is in 100% serviceable condition still, even after 100+ years.
Today most of the surviving WW1 era French “Lebel bayonet type” trench knives are in private collections & rarely come up for sale. Don’t miss your chance to add this original France WW1 fighting dagger LEBEL bayonet trench knife to your collection!
We have a small but very interesting collection of various edged WW1 and WW2 era weapons to sell. Don’t forget to check out our Militaria section for other WW1 and WW2 era combat knives, including German WW1 era trench knives, vintage USAF WW2 Pilot Knives and a couple of rare WW2 “OSS Drop” knives we offer for sale.