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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

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Buffalo Horn Handle Dag Knife
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Buffalo Horn Handle Dag Knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$47510 Bids
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Ancient Scythian bronze dagger/sword, Akinakes, Akinak, 600-400 BC
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
Ancient Scythian bronze dagger/sword, Akinakes, Akinak, 600-400 BC
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $5,000- $10,000
$47510 Bids
12 ASSORTED BOXED PUMA KNIVES.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
12 ASSORTED BOXED PUMA KNIVES.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$4258 Bids
Vintage and Antique Pocket Knives
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Vintage and Antique Pocket Knives
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1008 Bids
SWITCHBLADE OTF MILITARY STYLE KNIFE
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
SWITCHBLADE OTF MILITARY STYLE KNIFE
by Imperial Auction
Est: $200- $300
$706 Bids
Japanese Bone Carved Knife
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Japanese Bone Carved Knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$505 Bids
Vintage and Antique Pocket Knives
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Vintage and Antique Pocket Knives
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$705 Bids
A beautiful knife
Dec 16, 10:00 AM CET
A beautiful knife
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €700- €1,200
€8504 Bids
19th Century Civil Guard Infantry Machete Knife with Scabbard. This is the rarer earlier ricasso
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
19th Century Civil Guard Infantry Machete Knife with Scabbard. This is the rarer earlier ricasso
by Tremont Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$2003 Bids
Two Antique Butterfly Knives
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Two Antique Butterfly Knives
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$403 Bids
LOT OF 2: EARLY DOCUMENTED BONE HANDLED AMERICAN KNIVES.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 2: EARLY DOCUMENTED BONE HANDLED AMERICAN KNIVES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,200- $2,500
$6003 Bids
Colonial Prov. RI Folding Military Knife
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Colonial Prov. RI Folding Military Knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$403 Bids
AK47 SWITCHBLADE BAYONET KNIFE
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
AK47 SWITCHBLADE BAYONET KNIFE
by Imperial Auction
Est: $100- $200
$403 Bids
Dolch für Offiziere der Luftstreitkräfte - Dagger for officers Soviet Air Force 1958
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
Dolch für Offiziere der Luftstreitkräfte - Dagger for officers Soviet Air Force 1958
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€1653 Bids
Kampfmesser Gerber Mark II - Gerber combat knife Mk.II
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
Kampfmesser Gerber Mark II - Gerber combat knife Mk.II
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€1103 Bids
Two Fixed Blade Knives
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Two Fixed Blade Knives
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$502 Bids
U.S. Divers Co. “Aqua-Lung” Sea Hawk Divers Knife
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
U.S. Divers Co. “Aqua-Lung” Sea Hawk Divers Knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$302 Bids
Haladie Double Edge Double Blade Knife
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Haladie Double Edge Double Blade Knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$202 Bids
Two Fixed Blade Knives
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Two Fixed Blade Knives
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$402 Bids
Heavy Brass Bird Dagger
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Heavy Brass Bird Dagger
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$302 Bids
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Certified Aramaic inscribed bronze dagger, Middle Asia, 1000 BC -400 BC
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
Certified Aramaic inscribed bronze dagger, Middle Asia, 1000 BC -400 BC
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $20,000- $40,000
$2002 Bids
Persian or Caucasian Kinjal Dagger and Scabbard
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Persian or Caucasian Kinjal Dagger and Scabbard
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$1502 Bids
SCHUCHBAUER KISSINGEN A FINE GERMAN COLLECTOR'S KNIFE with approximately 96
Dec 14, 10:00 AM GMT
SCHUCHBAUER KISSINGEN A FINE GERMAN COLLECTOR'S KNIFE with approximately 96
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £250- £350
£2501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Knives


Czerny's International Auction House

Czerny's International Auction House

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Poulin Antiques & Auctions