US Army Knuckle Fighting Knife -
The knuckle trench knife was issued to US troops during WWI and carried over through WWII. The knife was used during trench warfare. The handle had built in knuckles, which were very useful for hand to hand fighting. The handle was made of brass and had the date 1918 stamped in it, along with the letters "US".
The scabbard was made of heavy duty brown leather. Strong leather stitching was applied to the
perimeter to ensure its durability in combat.
This type of fighting knife design has become very popular among the collector community.
The back of the scabbard was fairly rough untreated leather.
The back of the knife was plain and
did not have any markings.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for military fighting knives.
Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out
clearly defined points that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my fighting knife worth?".
A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the knives is
reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth
of the edge weapons in the collector's market is illustrated.
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The fighting trench knife featured here also has the name of the manufacturing company stamped
into the handle. The pommel of the knife consists of a pointed nut, which can also be employed as
a striking surface. Each knuckle in the handle also has an extra-pointed end giving the
ability to inflict further damage when striking the enemy in a fight.
Trench warfare was nasty. These fighting knife was designed to meet the challenge.
The value of the WWI/WWII trench fighting knife is discussed at the bottom of this page.
This edge weapon is currently being reproduced.
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
If you have an interest is seeing other fighting knives, you can do so by going to our
Military Fighting Knives Price Guide
identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Army Air Force, USMC and other organizations.