A rare Robbins Dudley World War 1 trench knife with 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment provenance (emails from the vendor will be provided to the purchaser). These knives were made for private purchase by the troops and were not officially issued weaponry. The Medieval brutality of trench fighting led to a demand for close quarter weaponry and Britain’s cutlers rose to the challenge developing numerous terrifyingly efficient trench knives.
This knife was the property of a soldier in the 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment who fought with the 2nd Devons throughout WW1.
For collectors of WW1 fighting knives, the Robins Dudley knuckled trench knife is a must have item. The 114mm double edged blade has a flattened oval cross-section and terminates in a spear point. The blade has narrow, converging twin fullers on both sides and is in excellent condition. The blade has a pleasing patina. The cast alloy grip and steel knuckle bow are in great condition and firmly in place. The blade is firm in the grip.
The bottom of the cast grip is stamped with the maker’s details: Robbins Dudley.
This is a guaranteed genuine example of a rare and famous WW1 trench fighting knife with Battle of the Somme provenance.
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