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Own a slice of history with our replica 1918 Trench Knife, one of the most famous combat knives of all time. The original trench knife was the first one of its kind issued to U.S. troops in World War I. In the harsh environment of trench warfare, where troops had to be prepared for hand-to-hand combat to the death, the original 1918 trench knife was an essential tool and a potential lifesaver. The trench knife featured a two-sided blade and a “knuckle-duster” grip to protect the fingers and make it harder to knock the knife loose from a soldier’s hand. Another interesting feature was the “skull-crusher” knob in the pommel of the knife handle that could also be used as a secondary weapon to stun an enemy combatant. The classic U.S. trench knife continued to be used by some U.S. troops in World War II.
Our replica of the classic U.S. 1918 Trench Knife is a proper tool in its own right, as well as an attractive homage to an important part of military history. It features a two-sided blade, like the original, that’s made of stainless steel and is 5.75 inches in length. Overall length of the knife is 11.4 inches. The handle is made of a zinc alloy and is engraved with “1918 U.S.” to hearken back to the original. The knuckle-duster grip and skull-crusher are still there, and the trench knife comes with a carrying sheath.