Germany WW1 fighting knife Kampfmesser (close combat knife), original metal scabbard included. Rare type in great condition, considering the age.
Original WW1 era German Army Kampfmesser (close combat knife in German) fighting knife manufactured during the war in Solingen, Germany. This Kampfmesser is a classic early WW1 era full-tang construction trench knife with the standard-issue “spear-point” blade, “contoured” wood handle scales, iron oval-shaped guard, and original metal scabbard. It seems like this type was short-lived as the German production was switched to simplified and less labor-intensive fighting knife types as the war dragged on; this type is hard to find nowadays. This exact type is illustrated on page 106 of the excellent French reference book by Christian Mary Knives and Daggers-Bayonets Used by the German Army During 1914-1945 (see the book’s page scan in the photos).
This trench dagger is of excellent overall quality and it’s in better than average condition for the type – no pitting, dings or nicks on the blade’s age; original wood handle scales and leather washer are intact; looks like the washer has not been moved since WW1. The dagger is about 10-3/8” / 26.3 cm overall; the blade is about 5-1/2” / 14 cm. Ricasso is marked with the Imperial monogram proof mark on one side. The blade has been re-sharpened but not harshly; it is very sharp still; the tip is intact; this type is scarce this nice. Original varnished hardwood handle scales are nice and tight; no chips, cracks, or repairs. This Germany WW1 fighting knife Kampfmesser is solid; all parts are tight with no play. Original metal scabbard; original flimsy fabric belt hanger is long-gone. But overall, the scabbard is in great overall condition; it has not been repainted; about 60 to 70% of the original black finish is still present.
After 100 plus years this Germany WW1 fighting knife Kampfmesser trench dagger with original scabbard is still in 100% serviceable condition; it’s in excellent shape, considering the age. Today most of the surviving WW1 era Kampfmesser knives are in private collections & rarely come up for sale. Don’t miss your chance to add this original WW1 Germany Kampfmesser fighting knife trench dagger to your collection!
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