Robert Herder WW1 Germany Kampfmesser fighting knife trench dagger with original metal scabbard. Superb quality blade, the tip is intact; excellent overall condition.
Original WW1 era German Army Kampfmesser (close combat knife) manufactured circa 1915-1916 by Robert Herder in Solingen, Germany. Sturdy full-tang construction trench knife with wood handle scales, forged curved iron guard, and original metal scabbard. This exact type is illustrated on page 80 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 fighting knife is in excellent condition for the type – no pitting, dings or nicks on the blade; the edge appears original; needle-like tip is intact. The dagger is about 10-1/8” / 26.2 cm overall; the blade is about 5-7/8” / 15 cm. The blade is marked ROBERT HERDER and the firm’s classic windmill logo; it is very sharp still, not nicked, rusted, or damaged otherwise – VERY rare this nice. Original varnished wood handle scales and curved iron guard are nice and tight; the dagger is solid with no loose parts. Original metal scabbard painted black (original finish); leather belt hanger and keeper are tight; the leather is soft an supple still. Great overall condition with about 60% of the original black finish remaining.
After 100 plus years this Robert Herder WW1 Germany Kampfmesser fighting knife trench dagger and original metal scabbard are still in 100% serviceable condition; it’s in fantastic shape overall, 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 Robert Herder WW1 Germany Kampfmesser fighting knife trench dagger to your collection!
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