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Knives

The knife is a classic military tool and weapon. Knives have been standard issue for troops for centuries. Militaries around the world have also issued ceremonial and dress knives, sometimes known as daggers or dirks. Knives remained useful as technology evolved from swords to rifles. The knife was used by pike and spearmen to finish off calvary soldiers they had dismounted and was used extensively in the trench combat of World War I.

In the American Civil War, the knife was used for close quarters combat after the slow to reload rifle had been discharged. The modern combat knife often doubles as a bayonet and is used mostly as a tool. Knives are used by soldiers to dig holes, hammer in tent stakes, and cut everything from rope to MRE bags.


Quick Facts

  • The famed KA-BAR knife is reportedly named from a letter written by a barely literate trapper, who wrote he had “killed a bear,” with the knife
  • The Trench knife was named due to its use in World War I trench warfare. This intimidating weapon paired a knife with a metal knuckle duster for double duty in close range combat
  • The fierce Gurkha regiment of the British military is famous for their oddly curved Kukri, a knife used to great effect in many wars

Recommended Items at Auction

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S.M. CO. ITALIAN STILETTO PICKLOCK SWITCHBLADE
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
S.M. CO. ITALIAN STILETTO PICKLOCK SWITCHBLADE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $300
$17012 Bids
RARE SPANISH FASCIST AIR FORCE OFFICER DAGGER
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
RARE SPANISH FASCIST AIR FORCE OFFICER DAGGER
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $400- $700
$2608 Bids
WWI - COLD WAR WORLD BAYONET & FIGHTING KNIVES
Feb 28, 10:00 AM EST
WWI - COLD WAR WORLD BAYONET & FIGHTING KNIVES
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$1507 Bids
Ein philippinischer Kris "Kalis" und ein "Golok", indonesische Machete
Mar 09, 10:00 AM CET
Ein philippinischer Kris "Kalis" und ein "Golok", indonesische Machete
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €200- €250
€1006 Bids
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NAVAL DRESS DIRK AND SCABBARD Probably Britain, Circa 1800 Total length 11".
Feb 28, 9:30 AM EST
NAVAL DRESS DIRK AND SCABBARD Probably Britain, Circa 1800 Total length 11".
by Eldred's
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$9505 Bids
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DIETMAR KRESSLER FIXED-BLADE KNIFE Germany, Contemporary
Feb 28, 9:30 AM EST
DIETMAR KRESSLER FIXED-BLADE KNIFE Germany, Contemporary
by Eldred's
Est: $800- $1,200
$4004 Bids
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STEEL BOARDING KNIFE Late 18th/Early 19th Century Total length in sheath 37.5”.
Feb 27, 9:30 AM EST
STEEL BOARDING KNIFE Late 18th/Early 19th Century Total length in sheath 37.5”.
by Eldred's
Est: $400- $600
$6504 Bids
U.S. Air Force Pilot's Survival Knife
Feb 29, 10:00 AM EST
U.S. Air Force Pilot's Survival Knife
by Cordier Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $30- $50
$153 Bids
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R.W. LOVELESS "CHUTE" FIXED-BLADE KNIFE Riverside, California, 1929-2010 Length 9".
Feb 28, 9:30 AM EST
R.W. LOVELESS "CHUTE" FIXED-BLADE KNIFE Riverside, California, 1929-2010 Length 9".
by Eldred's
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$3,0003 Bids
13 Piece knives/ Military items
Feb 27, 9:00 AM EST
13 Piece knives/ Military items
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Vintage Indonesian Kris Dagger
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Indonesian Kris Dagger
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
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MICHAEL QUESENBERRY FIXED-BLADE DAGGER California, Contemporary Length 15.5".
Feb 28, 9:30 AM EST
MICHAEL QUESENBERRY FIXED-BLADE DAGGER California, Contemporary Length 15.5".
by Eldred's
Est: $3,000- $6,000
$1,5003 Bids
Scottish Dirk
Feb 29, 10:00 AM EST
Scottish Dirk
by Cordier Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $80- $100
$452 Bids
CASE XX "THE FORCE" V-42 KNIFE
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
CASE XX "THE FORCE" V-42 KNIFE
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$902 Bids
POLISH MODEL 1952 AIR FORCE OFFICER'S DRESS DAGGER
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
POLISH MODEL 1952 AIR FORCE OFFICER'S DRESS DAGGER
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $300
$602 Bids
WW1 WWI 1917 Trench Knuckle Duster Knife LF&C
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
WW1 WWI 1917 Trench Knuckle Duster Knife LF&C
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $600- $800
$202 Bids
German 1936 Olympics Souvenir Youth Dagger
Mar 02, 1:00 PM CST
German 1936 Olympics Souvenir Youth Dagger
by Vogt Galleries Texas
Est: $300- $400
$2752 Bids
US MILITARY FIGHTING KNIFE AND 75TH RANGER DUI LOT
Mar 06, 9:00 AM EST
US MILITARY FIGHTING KNIFE AND 75TH RANGER DUI LOT
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $400
$502 Bids
Persian Damascus Kindjal Dagger Blade
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Persian Damascus Kindjal Dagger Blade
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$152 Bids
Vintage Indonesian Kris Dagger
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Indonesian Kris Dagger
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
Vintage Indonesian Kris Dagger
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Indonesian Kris Dagger
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
MODERN COPIES OF WWI - WWII WORLD EDGED WEAPONS
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
MODERN COPIES OF WWI - WWII WORLD EDGED WEAPONS
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$701 Bid
DEA Knife w/ Scabbard
Feb 29, 10:00 AM EST
DEA Knife w/ Scabbard
by Cordier Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $80- $100
$401 Bid
WWI COLLINS BOLO MACHETE W/ SCABBARD
Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
WWI COLLINS BOLO MACHETE W/ SCABBARD
by Scollard Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$701 Bid

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