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This 1918 WWI replica trench knife is an exact copy of the trusty blade issued to troops during the First World War. Since trench warfare consisted of such gruesome, close-quarter battles, the trench knife allowed soldiers to not only stab but also bludgeon enemies with the knuckle guard handle. The 6 3/8" AUS-6 stainless steel blade has a double-edge. The heavy duty handle also has a skull crusher. The trench knife is 11" in overall length.
This knife feels right in either hand ! Just about the right weight. Double edge blade is sharper then I thought. Remember this knife was designed to stab and pierce more then cutting. Dangerous to have an open blade laying about so a sheath is needed.
This is the 2nd 1918 Trench Knife I've bought at BudK, and this one was a gift. All in all, I have no complaints and as always has fast service from BudK. Its a great replica straight out of WW1 and WW2 at a fair price. I really don't understand folks who pay $25.00 and expect a one of a kind handcrafted piece.
I am very happy with the quality of this replica. It fits in my hand so comfortably I want to hold it and not put it down. The handle is heavy but not brass yet very well made. The blade is beautiful, with clean lines and sharp tip. Great quality replica.
I was automatically exited when I bought this knife. It is very durable and I 've never had a problem when using it. The double edged blade cuts well, the knuckles punch well, and the "skull crusher"(pommel of knife) crushes well just as it does walnuts. I've never seen an actual 1918 trench knife but I've seen plenty of 1917 trench knives. As a suggestion to Bud K, you should start putting 1917 replicas on the market.
I received my WW1 trench knife replica this morning and I was amazed how close it was to the real thing. I've seen 4 and handled 2 real ones and the Bud K version is dam close. The originals had one of the 3 makers names on the brass handle; Henry Dotson & Sons, Landers, Frary & Clary, or Oneida Community. They were also made in France under contract to the US Army and those were marked Au Lion on the blade. All of the original knives were painted black, blade & brass handle, so moon light would not reflect off it in the dark. This blade is 6 3/8" vs an original 6 3/4". All in all the Bud K WW1 Trench Knife is as good as I'll get since originals are selling for $900 to $1000.00 and upward. Keep up the good work Bud K!!
In WWI, the trench knife was intended to stab, punch and crush the enemy combatant in hand-to-hand combat. That was the sole purpose of the trench knife design for the time. Today, it will still serve the same purpose. It is not a hunting knife or a survival knife so if that is what your hoping for in the use of this knife, you will be disappointed. But if you're in a life or death situation and have the skills, this knife will get you through it. The sheath of this replica is not intended to do anything but protect the point and safeguard against accidental stab wounds. If you're looking to carry this knife, go to a saddle shop and have a durable leather sheath made for this knife as I did. I am pleased with this knife and would recommend it for those who know it's intent with the skills to use it as intended.
Great deal and great quality been wanting one for years great for display and defense it's my riding knife
Love it engraved three for family,,is the only way to get the sheath another site ,,my only if u call it a complaint,,im not complaining really lol
The blade was a little scratched when I got it, but the knife is nice and heavy and just what I was hoping for. Shipping was really fast and everything was packed up well. Only complaint was that a sheath would have been nice, but it wasn't promised in the description so you shouldn't expect one. The knife itself feels solid and well made for the price. I'd recommend this knife if you're looking for a trench knife.
It's crap. But take it down to 9.95 and I'll buy one. Also, don't waste your money on the sheath. It's green painted aluminum and doesn't have a belt loop. So, it's even more crap. They should give you a discount on the knife for being stuck with it. It's like putting a sheath on a butter knife sitting at your kitchen table.
This is not a workknife, this is not a survival knife. It's a fighting knife. It's meant to stab, smash, and punch with. If you want a display piece for historical purposes, this is prefect it's almost exactly like the real ones. If you want a work knife, move along. If you want a survival knife, move along. I fyou want a knife for self defence, check your laws, if this is legal in your area, pick one up. Some people will say that the steel is bad, sure it needs sharpened frequently, but that's not a problem this is a stabbing blade, not a cutting blade, it's not supposed to be sharp, except for the point. This thing comes with a great point, I tested it myself and can ram it through plywood with a good solid lunge. The blade might come a bit loose, but the tang is threaded so just turn the nut at the back with a wrench till tight. It will do it's job of saving your life if you need it to and can use a knife properly. Sure it's material mean you shouldn't use it to process wood, but that's not what this is for anyways, is it? No it's for putting holes in people, and it will do that just fine.
This knife is a total piece of junk. As soon as I took it out of the package the blade was extremely loose in the handle. The blade is not sharp at all. Its a real shame that this fine piece of american history is made in china. I guess you get what you pay for.
It looks like a replica of a WWI trench knife should. However, my knuckles do not fit through the finger holes. Not even close. I have big hands, but not that big. The blade came extremely dull. There was no way to sharpen it without using power tools. A hand-held diamond sharpener would take years to put an descent edge on this blade. Would not recommend, unless it is for display only. Not a functional knife.
It's a nice knife... but it's not a knife to be taken serious in a knife fight or some altercation of some sort. It came in dull, which I fixed in the matter of minutes with a knife edger. I bought it more for the historical value more than use. Because of this I'm giving it a 5 star. For use of self defense or even using around the yard for work. I wouldn't recommend for that and would give it 2 stars.
Very nice repo , and you can`t beat the price . I would like to see a repo of the original Spike style trench knife that preceded this one . Would be another nice collectable .
I bought this knife as a gift for my husband.He absolutely loved it. I wasn't was suprised by the quality and craftsmanship of this replica. I will definitely be buying more things from this site!!!
if all you want is a cheap display knife, this knife is perfect! but im working with a blacksmith who bought this knife and i've held it, the handle is cheap Zamak http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zamak for those who dont know what that is. if you want a good quality knife visit http://plowshareforgeknives.blogspot.com/2009/07/m1918-mk-1.html
I have a real WWI trench knife and this is a great copy, although the handle seems to be zinc instead of bronze. A coat of paint will cover a multitude of sins. Has a goo blade and should function as designed. I like it!
This is a pretty nice piece of steel for the price. The blade is kind of low quality - the point of mine was rather porous but the fit to the handle was tight and the blade was also rather sharp. It is Chinese stainless steel and this is not a heavy duty field knife but neither was the original!!! :D The handle is nice and heavy but not solid brass (one corner was mashed and scratched and you could see the pot metal underneath). The finger holes of the brass knuckles are pretty good sized. The sheath is thin metal and initially the friction fit was tight. However, a few minutes sliding the blade in and out resulted in no friction and the blade just falls out. The scabbard has two prongs on the back to secure it to the web belt, just like the original.
This knife's okay. Has no edge out the box but that's easily fixed with a Samurai Pro knife sharpener! I rated it 3 stars solely because it's not "full tang" like a true combat knife should be. And believe me, I've looked everywhere for one and there isn't any manufacturers out there who will make it like LF&G and HD&S did in 1918 with the original Mark I. Gorilla Glue works well to seal up the cavity in the handle.
overall good knife looks and feels great. the dagger itself is bolted to the skull crusher and it easily loosens so then the knife is loose. other then that good knife
I was very impressed with the quality of the knives. I really feel these could be used in a personal defence situation. You can't beat the fact they just plain look cool, also. Another win from BudK.
Sharp out of the box. Has good weight to it. One good swing and the brass would knock out anyone. The skull crusher is impressive, broke up my dog's beef marrow bone with one hit. It's a good buy at $20, but BOGO made it an even better deal.
The blade is dull, stainless steel, made in china. The fit is good with the blade, the knife will make a nice display unit to help round out a WW1 collection. Those who have seen it are impressed with its heft and design, overall a good value. The scabbard is a bit of flimsy stamped steel but works for display...
This is actually a pretty cool knife 1. It's Sharp, 2. It has Brass Knucles, and 3. It has a point on the handle that could do some damage. Over all it's cool as a WW1 military memoriabilia. I think military buff, This is one knife you'll want.
I have my grandfather's original...and it is in mint condition, not a spot of rust or a scratch on it.This is a true copy.Just wish the scabbard came with it.The orig. scabbard has pins on it to attach to a Webb belt. Buy this....can't do much better unless you got an original.
This knife is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Any knife collecter needs this weapon! its amazingly built EXTREMELY tough and perfect for any use! throw this and no matter where it hits it will always be a strike!!!!! I highly reccomend this weapon for any collecter. it comes sharp and the brass knuckles are REALLY STRONG its an amazing fighting tool for anyone anywhere im suprised they wouldent till use this in the war!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i think this knife is going to be in my bug out bag. a good fighting tool. i have done some knife fighting training, it seems to work well. it hard to knock out of one grip and it could bludgeon. if the blade ever breaks, i can always replace it with another a threaded rat tail tang blade.
One of my first Trueswords purchases. Great display item for sure but surely a dangerous weapon if used properly. Remove the blade by unscrewing the lug and you'll have yourself a nice 'paper weight.'
Appears to be a very good knife for combat. Though my knuckles fit if I crank them sideways.(I won`t be disarmed) WWI guys must have had small hands. Very sharp out of the box and everything is tight. I also bought the metal sheath which works well in a boot to keep from cutting yourself. All around I like it alot.
I bought this knife for my World War collection (mostly since I didn't have the 1000+$ it would take to buy a real one) just for show. The blade wasn't of the best quality (there was a dent in the blade) and you can feel it rattle in the handle, but for the $10 I got it for, it was worth it for my collection. The blade comes in sharp, and the skull crusher on the end could poke a hole through your skin if you simply touch it.
I really really enjoy this knife,it is a very good collector piece I was so thrilled to get one that I got four of them for my dad, step dad, my friend, and myself. I really enjoy this product!
Being a owner of a actual 1918 Trench knife and now the owner of the replica I got to compare them side by side. And this knife is amazingly close, obviously its antiqued for the old worn look. And isn't going to be made out of the same metals but for $20 its expected. All and all this is a great knife, but was far from razor shape from factory. Nice point, but takes a edge very easily. Remember folks its a replica, not really intended for function. Keep it what it is, a quality show piece. And also on finger size, I wear a size 10 1/2 ring, and can get my fingers snugly into it. So if you have big hands might be a tight fit. Only true flaw I can see in it, is US rep. of U.S. forces trench knife carrying a made in china stamp on the blade, lol Few passes of the sheath will fix that :) But this is a true piece of history replicated and I could only imagine the horror felt by the combatant in hand to hand with this truly terrifying weapon that can destroy at every angle.
The knife in general is very good, the only down side I can see is how the knife is connected to the skull crusher which is also a bolt to hold it in place, and is only a thin rod that the bolt connects to. You could fill the inside with super glue to hold it in place if you had to though, overall very good knife.
Just got mine today. Great what can I say. Its better than what I thought it would be. Not as sharp as it could be but some stoning and it could be. Going to order another and modify it to fit my big a** hands. Just can't get my fingers in the knuckle holes all the way. But I do have big hands.
awesome knife, sharp, strong, brass knuckles make it even more bad a**, plus the spike on the bottom is awesome, but i got the sheath with it and, it isn't the best it could be.
its a great knife but there is 1 bad thing about it i punched a piece of wood with it and i looked at the knuckle guard and i don't think its real brass it cracked a little bit and underneath it looked like pot metal!
I got this knife on May 11, 2010. when I took it out of the box, it had been cold out and my fingers were clumsy. I tried to put in the sheath and accidentally stabbed my finger. Make sure you get the knife in the sheath or it will make you bleed. I forgot to mention not to over tighten the skull crusher nut. I was tightening it and I over tightened it and the screw that held in place snapped. I will be ordering a new one if budk warranties it. Overall good knife 4/5. Nut problem arose of my own carelessness. Editor's Note: Thank you for your comments. We have updated the review to reflect the appropriate spelling.
I love this thing. I took the blade out, fine sanded and grinded off the hand guard and made it so i can keep it in my back pocket. I couldn't pack it around with that big a** knife. But I ended up giving it away to a friend today. but I will buy another one soon.
A great piece of history to own. It isn't sharpened at all, making this purely a collection piece. It's incredibly solid however.
The two reviews below me are actually very accurate; good job guys. I just wanted to say that when I got this knife, I was a bit more immature than I am now and got it for fun, but now I see little practical use for it unless you are a WWI collector. Otherwise you might as well pop out the blade and use it as brass knuckles.
It looks good and is made of OK quality materials. Like most of these clones, the blade is loose in the grip even with the skull crusher nut tightened all the way down. Epoxy in the grip fixed that. Good knife that can be used for its intended purpose. The sheath looks the part but wouldn't hold up under use. Together, they make a very nice display item.
Overall a nice knife. The blade comes fairly dull, but with a bit of work with a draw sharpener, I got a razor edge on both edges. The metal sheath is light weight, but fits well. I use this as a home defense knife kept under my mattress. Three defensive uses for this are; the blade, the knuckle punch and the scull crusher on the end of the handle. I pity the loser who tries to enter my home!
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