The short-bladed edged weapon of the First World War, trench knives and knuckles knuckles.

A trench knife has become a popular type of cold steel among warring soldiers during the First World War. Short-bladed edged weapon was called an entrenching knife, intended for conducting combat at an extremely close range – in the cramped trenches, trenches, dugouts and dugouts. 

The short-bladed edged weapon of the First World War, trench knives and knuckles knuckles.

Due to the lack of regular bladed weapons, many samples of trench knives were made by the soldiers at home, independently in the field. Old models of long-blade Itesak bayonets were everywhere shortened and sharpened to provide the possibility of stabbing in the cramped conditions of trenches and trenches.

The short-bladed edged weapon of the First World War, trench knives and knuckles knuckles.

Subsequently, the arms manufacturers orientated themselves and subsequently began to produce other short-bladed edged weapons, which became modified versions of the bayonets and trench knives. Such samples of bayonets and trench knives were called “commercial”, since soldiers had the right to buy these samples on their own and at their own personal money..

World War I knives.

Special mention should be made of knuckle-knuckles, which were widely used by soldiers of warring units during the First World War. Moreover, during the fighting, the soldiers made independently, in a handicraft way, many different options for short-bladed edged weapons, including homemade knuckles knuckles.

The short-bladed edged weapon of the First World War, trench knives and knuckles knuckles.

In 1917, the Americans took the French idea into development, as a result of which the trench knife knuckle-knife M1917 appeared on the arsenal of the US Army. It had a stylet-shaped faceted blade and a guard with rhombic spikes.

Such a knuckle-knife was a very highly effective weapon. His blade easily pierced the thick overcoat, and brass knuckles made it possible to temporarily stun the enemy and subsequently capture him.

This was followed by a model of a knife MK.1 with a dagger-shaped blade and a brass guard of a modified design. Subsequently, this model of a trench knife was abandoned, since brass was a strategic raw material necessary for the production of shells and other ammunition..

However, the idea of ​​a brass knuckle was not forgotten. During the Korean War, US special forces used knives of this type, apparently made to order. This design of knuckles-knuckles is occasionally found now, although in most countries such a short-edged melee weapon is considered illegal.

Based on the book Small Encyclopedia of Cold Steel.
Pavel Yugrinov.

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