WW1 France Coutrot fighting dagger trench knife made from the tip of older sword-bayonet with original leather scabbard; RARE. Great overall condition, considering the age.
Very cool and rare WW1 era French military fighting dagger/stiletto trench knife made from the tip of the older French sword-bayonet. Early in the war the French military faced the need of a great number of fighting knives suitable for trench warfare. So in the first few years of the war many “long” bayonets were cut into pieces to make several daggers from each bayonet. Known as “Coutrot Knife”, this type is attributed to Colonel Coutrot of the French Army, who came up with the basic design of this cheap and easy to manufacture weapon. This stiletto dagger is made from the tip of M1886/91 Lebel “spike” bayonet. These “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 long rifle bayonets or sabers. This exact type is illustrated in the excellent French reference book French Knives During World War One by Christian Mary (see the book’s page scans in the photos).
This dagger is about 10-3/4″ / 27.3 cm overall; the blade is about 6″ / 15.2 cm. Excellent overall condition, considering the age; all handle parts are tight; original oval hand guard is stamped C.V inside a large letter C; wood grip is not damaged, needle-like spike tip is intact. Original scabbard stamped with a letter J on one side is included; the scabbard has a few spots that rotted away due to the moisture damage. Very cool and very hard to find WW1 era French close quarters fighting knife/trench dagger, especially with the original scabbard. This old timer is in 100% serviceable condition still, even after 100+ years. Please take a look at another original WW1 “Coutrot Knife” stiletto dagger made from the tip of M1886/91 Lebel “spike” bayonet.
Today most of the surviving WW1 era French “Coutrot” trench daggers are in private collections & rarely come up for sale. Don’t miss your chance to add this original WW1 France Coutrot fighting dagger trench knife to your collection!
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