WW1 Germany DEMAG Kampfmesser fighting knife trench dagger, original metal scabbard included. Scarce type in rare UNUSED condition.
Original WW1 era German military Kampfmesser (close combat knife) manufactured circa 1916-1918 by Deutsche Maschinefabrik A-G (abbreviated as DEMAG) of Duisburg, German Empire. This exact type 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. During WW1 DEMAG was manufacturing the “crank handle” bayonet/fighting knife combination as well; the guards intended for bayonets were used where they could be to simplify the wear-time production and reduce the use of valuable steel.
This dagger is about 11” / 28 cm overall; the blade is about 6” / 15.2 cm. Ricasso is stamped DEMAG / DUISBURG on one side, a small imperial crown – a “fraktur” inspector’s acceptance mark on the other. This fighting knife is in excellent condition for the type – no pitting, dings or nicks on the blade; original leather washer on the blade is still on. The blade has not been re-sharpened, original factory edge is very sharp; the very end of the tip is slightly bent. The blade is still covered with a thin layer rust-preventing elbow grease. Original hardwood handle scales and iron “rifle muzzle fit” guard are nice and tight; original leather washer is intact. All parts are tight with no play. Original metal scabbard with original black finish and original leather belt hanger; about 95% of the original black finish is remaining. The keeper is intact; the leather is soft and supple still; this scabbard is in great overall condition, considering the age.
After 100 plus years this WW1 Germany DEMAG Kampfmesser fighting knife and its original metal scabbard are in 100% serviceable condition still. Today most of the surviving WW1 era Kampfmessers are in private collections & rarely come up for sale. Don’t miss your chance to add this original WW1 Germany DEMAG Kampfmesser fighting knife to your collection!
These are the actual photos; spent brass is not included with the knife 😉 I have a few more German era combat knives and bayonets, as well as several scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives from other countries available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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