Knife, Trench, M-1918, Au Lion + Theater-made Leather Sheath
Scarce genuine WWI US M-1918 trench knife, with knuckle cast brass handle and double-edged blade, dated 1918. This knife was produced in France by manufacturer Au Lion within the frame of the war effort -- see markings on the left side of the ricasso. Both sides of the lower guard have been meticulously cut off, giving a sleeker look to this weapon.
Remaining stocks of knuckle knives were widely issued to US Rangers, Marines and paratroops during WWII, until officially superseded by the USM3 in 1943. However, many warriors would prefer the M-1918 trench knife as seen in numerous period photos.
Delivered in its original theater-made leather sheath, whose different parts have been attached together with staples and nails used as rivets; a loop allows this scabbard to be carried on a belt, while a small strap secures the hilt.
A very nice and homogeneous set, in very good used condition; hard to find nowadays. Don't miss it!
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