WW1 Germany DEMAG Kampfmesser fighting knife trench dagger, original metal scabbard with 95% of finish remaining. Rare type marked for post-war export to America; excellent overall condition.
Original WW1 era German Army Kampfmesser (close combat knife) manufactured circa 1916-1918 by Deutsche Maschinefabrik A-G (abbreviated as DEMAG) of Duisburg, German Epmire. Imperial arsenal acceptance mark on ricasso is over-stamped with the word GERMANY – this stamp had been used on the stock of captured WW1 German daggers and fighting knives that were officially imported to the United States after WW1. These markings were imposed by the US authorities as a result of the McKinley Act of 1890 to impose customs duties on imports of goods (in this case, fighting knives) from foreign countries. This exact type (and the explanation of the meaning of the overstamp on ricasso) is illustrated on page 107 of the excellent French reference book Knives and Daggers-Bayonets Used by the German Army During 1914-1945 by Christian Mary (see the book’s page scan in the photos).
Sturdy full-tang construction trench knife with wood handle scales, “rifle muzzle fit” iron guard, and original metal scabbard. This fighting knife is in excellent condition for the type – no pitting, dings or nicks on the blade; the blade has been only lightly re-sharpened; the end of the tip is slightly bent. The blade is still covered with a thin layer rust-preventing of elbow grease. The dagger is about 11” / 28 cm overall; the blade is about 5-7/8” / 15 cm. Ricasso is sharply stamped with a circular Demag / D.R.G.M. stamp on one side; and with a small imperial crown – a “fraktur” inspector’s acceptance mark over-stamped GERMANY on the other. The blade is not pitted, nicked, rusted, or damaged otherwise – VERY rare this nice. Original varnished wood handle scales and black-painted iron guard are nice and tight; original leather washer is still present. 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 95% of the original black finish remaining.
After 100 plus years this WW1 Germany DEMAG 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 WW1 Germany DEMAG Kampfmesser fighting knife trench dagger to your collection!
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