Germany WW1 AUFPFLANZBARER GRABENDOLCH DEMAG bayonet-fighting knife /trench dagger in original metal scabbard in great overall condition.
Rare original WWI era Imperial Germany AUFPFLANZBARER GRABENDOLCH or “Fixable Trench Knife-Bayonet” – one of the rarest WWI fighting knives. This type is often referred to by collectors as “crank bayonet” or simply as “the Demag“, since these knife/bayonet combination weapons were produced by Deutsche Maschinefabrik A-G of Duisburg, Germany.
These private-purchase weapons were very popular with the German infantrymen as they proved to be handy multy-purpose weapons/tools; something the standard-issue long Mauser bayonet lacked. Attached is a photo of the WW1 era German officer wearing a pistol and the Demag bayonet/fighting knife in a somewhat informal manner (original photo is not included with this lot). Demag fighting knives were designed to function both as bayonets for Mauser Gew.98 infantry rifle AND as trench knives. Due to its innovative design Aufpflanzbarer Grabendolch became the first dual-purpose rifle bayonet of its time. A unique “crank” shaped all-metal handle makes these bayonets instantly identifiable; these days this type is VERY popular and desirable WW1 edged weapon.
This specimen is about 10-1/2” / 26.7 cm overall, double-edged spear-point blade is about 6-7/8” / 15 cm. All metal “crank” handle is solid; guard has a bit of a play; bayonet lock/release mechanism is tight and 100% functional. The blade has been very lightly re-sharpened, the tip is intact – VERY rare this nice. Ricasso is sharply stamped Demag / D.R.G.M. on one side. The spine at the base of the blade is struck with a small imperial crown – a “fraktur” inspector’s acceptance stamp. Original steel scabbard is in very good condition, considering the age. The original leather belt loop is cracked but the leather is soft and supple still.
After 100 plus years this Germany WW1 AUFPFLANZBARER GRABENDOLCH DEMAG bayonet-fighting knife with original scabbard is in 100% serviceable condition even now. Excellent overall condition and SUPER rare as such these days – today most of the surviving WW1 era German Nahkampfmesser fighting knives are in private collections & rarely come up for sale. Don’t miss your chance to add this original Germany WW1 AUFPFLANZBARER GRABENDOLCH DEMAG bayonet-fighting knife /trench dagger 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 other WW1 German and French trench knives and clubs, vintage USAF WW2 era Pilot Knives and a couple of rare WW2 “OSS Drop” knives we offer for sale.