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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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WWI MARK 1 TRENCH KNIFE WITH LEATHER SCABBARD
May 22, 9:00 AM EDT
WWI MARK 1 TRENCH KNIFE WITH LEATHER SCABBARD
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $400- $600
$36013 Bids
1990’s British Royal Marines Fairbairn Sykes commando dagger and sheath by J. Nowill, Sheffield.
May 26, 8:00 AM AWST
1990’s British Royal Marines Fairbairn Sykes commando dagger and sheath by J. Nowill, Sheffield.
by JB Military Antiques
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD1208 Bids
Post WW2 British/Australian 3rd pattern ‘engraved’ commando Fairbairn Sykes dagger with scabbard
May 26, 8:00 AM AWST
Post WW2 British/Australian 3rd pattern ‘engraved’ commando Fairbairn Sykes dagger with scabbard
by JB Military Antiques
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1207 Bids
Celebrated Ivory Handle Push Dagger
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Celebrated Ivory Handle Push Dagger
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1757 Bids
Sheffield Works #2 Philadelphia Bowie
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Sheffield Works #2 Philadelphia Bowie
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$404 Bids
154cm Fixed Blade Tactical Fighting Knife
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
154cm Fixed Blade Tactical Fighting Knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1004 Bids
A RARE PHILIPPINES KATIPUNAN DAGGER
May 25, 10:00 AM MDT
A RARE PHILIPPINES KATIPUNAN DAGGER
by Auctions Imperial LLC
Est: $200- $300
$2504 Bids
R. Middleton Sheffield Bowie
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
R. Middleton Sheffield Bowie
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$503 Bids
Thomas Leech & Co. Confederate Fighting Bowie Knife
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Thomas Leech & Co. Confederate Fighting Bowie Knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$503 Bids
Case XX P62-4 ½ SS 9-dot Boot Hunter Knife
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Case XX P62-4 ½ SS 9-dot Boot Hunter Knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$403 Bids
Fixed Blade Knife Lot, Western W49 Bowie
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Fixed Blade Knife Lot, Western W49 Bowie
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$302 Bids
Palmetto Armory South Carolina Clip Point Bowie Knife
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Palmetto Armory South Carolina Clip Point Bowie Knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$502 Bids
Bown & Tetley Pittsburg Bowie Knife
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Bown & Tetley Pittsburg Bowie Knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$302 Bids
Lot of Pocket Knives and Custom Bowie Knife
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Lot of Pocket Knives and Custom Bowie Knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$302 Bids
VERY EARLY JAPANESE KAIKEN/TANTO OR WOMEN’S DAGGER
Jun 07, 10:00 AM EDT
VERY EARLY JAPANESE KAIKEN/TANTO OR WOMEN’S DAGGER
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$6002 Bids
Bowie, Texas 1861 marked with Germany
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Bowie, Texas 1861 marked with Germany
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$402 Bids
Wilkinson P-3 The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Wilkinson P-3 The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$502 Bids
Military dagger in leather sheath with silk portepee
May 30, 10:00 AM CDT
Military dagger in leather sheath with silk portepee
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $100- $175
$252 Bids
A RARE ALGERIAN FLYSSA DAGGER
May 25, 10:00 AM MDT
A RARE ALGERIAN FLYSSA DAGGER
by Auctions Imperial LLC
Est: $100- $200
$751 Bid
AN ALGERIAN NIMCHA DAGGER
May 25, 10:00 AM MDT
AN ALGERIAN NIMCHA DAGGER
by Auctions Imperial LLC
Est: $100- $200
$751 Bid
AN ALGERIAN FLYSSA DAGGER
May 25, 10:00 AM MDT
AN ALGERIAN FLYSSA DAGGER
by Auctions Imperial LLC
Est: $100- $200
$751 Bid
Two Kindjal daggers, Turkmenistan, 19th/20th century century
May 25, 10:00 AM CEST
Two Kindjal daggers, Turkmenistan, 19th/20th century century
by Kunst- und Auktionshaus Quedlinburg
Est: €0- €0
€401 Bid
A RARE SOUTH INDIAN KATAR DAGGER
May 25, 10:00 AM MDT
A RARE SOUTH INDIAN KATAR DAGGER
by Auctions Imperial LLC
Est: $250- $350
$2001 Bid

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