WW1 French Le Vengeur SGCO fighting dagger – M1916 trench knife, original metal scabbard. Scarce 1st model; practically unused condition; VERY rare this nice.
Classic WW1 era French Army model M1916 LE VENGEUR (the Avenger) fighting dagger/trench knife made circa 1916 by S.G.C.O. in France; scarce 1st model without the steel collar under the guard. Typical “Le Vengeur” design with the hardwood handle, extra-wide iron guard, and hard to find original metal scabbard. This exact type is illustrated on the cover page, and in greater detail on pages 203-212 in the excellent French reference book French Knives During World War One by Christian Mary (see the book’s scans in the photos). These “trench daggers” were popular with the French infantrymen as they provided to be much handier in the close-quarters fighting than the standard-issue rifle bayonets or sabers. The “Avenger” was a simple tool, but very practical and deadly; the French military used this type well into the late 1950th.
Much better than average condition for the type – no rust/edge nicks on the blade; the handle is nice and tight. The dagger is about 11-1/8” / 28.3 cm overall; the dual-edge blade is about 6-3/4” / 17.2 cm; ricasso is stamped with the S.G.C.O. rectangular frame logo. Little known about this particular manufacturer; an uncommon type. The blade is razor-sharp still; the tip is intact; no rust on the blade – very rare this nice as these high-carbon blades were prone to corrosion. Original redwood handle with the lugnut in the pommel and a wide iron cross guard. The guard is stamped with the “star/letter B “ arsenal acceptance mark on the underside. The handle is tight with no loose or moving parts. Hard to find factory metal scabbard with the original gun-blue finish is included.
Rare original WW1 French Le Vengeur SGCO fighting dagger by a hard to find maker AND in excellent overall shape, considering the age. Over 100 years after it was made, this scarce WW1 French Le Vengeur SGCO fighting dagger/original metal scabbard is still in 100% serviceable condition and ready for action. Today most of the surviving WW1 era Le Vengeurs trench knives are in private collections & rarely come up for sale. This type is VERY hard to find these days in better grades – don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection! We have another French M1916 available for sale in our store – please take a look here.
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