A. C. CO. U. S. Model 1917-1918 Trench Knife, Cole III p. 22-3, No. 3
Armand Koehn made Knuckle Knives for commercial sale during WWII as AOK Knives in several different patterns. This knife resembles a US Model Mark I Trench Knife with a similar scabbard made in leather.
U. S. Model Mark I Trench Knife
These fighting knives were made by E. W. Stone, Sr. during WWII who was the Chief Molder aboard the USS Holland in the Pacific Theater. These knives were designed for Marines, Naval, and Army personnel who requested a handle on their knife that would not slip, twist, mildew, or rot and had knuckles and an efficient skull crusher. Made for the island hopping seaborne invasions utilizing Japanese aluminum from Mitsubishi seaplane props that was alloyed and cast onto US issue blades and others to make edged weapons.
An American made Knuckle Knife by an unknown manufacturer Everitt for commercial sale. Has a distinctively American martial scabbard.
This a standard M7 bayonet that has had the right side grip replaced with cast aluminum knuckles secured by the original grip screws. There are markings inside the knucks but the origin is unknown but said to be from a small manufacturing plant in Kentucky.
Foster Bros. commercial manufacture of Knuckle Knives was severely limited due to its other production commitments to the US Gov\'t like the Chatillon USMC Medical Corpsmen knives. In making this knife the company used the knuckle guard that it made for the OSS Drop Knives.
This Gilbert Islands Knuckle Knife was brought back by a GI from the Pacific Theater and I have never encountered another similar specimen. The blade is a hand forged and engraved steel shark tooth that was carried in a neck scabbard.
H. D. & S. U. S. Model 1917-1918 Trench Knife, Cole III p. 22-3, No. 1
Indian Fighting Knives were made under military contract and for commercial sale during WWII for Commonwealth Forces and US troops also.
Landers, Frary & Clark made 2 versions of the U. S.Model 1917-1918 Trench Knife and a U. S. Mark I Trench Knife. This one is No. 4 Type I with 6 knobs on guard. Reference Cole III p. 22-23, No. 4, Type I.
William Messenger and some helpers: Otto Schmidt, H. E. Wickham, and Fred Vinton from Sparks-Worthington set up shop behind Messenger\'s home making knives during WWII. Knives were supplied to local & area residents with many going to the children of employees. August Ziegler made the scabbards along with Bliss Leather. For further info, read my article in Knife World, May, 1992.
Oneida Community Ltd. made both the U.S. Model 1917-1918 Trench Knife and the U. S. Mark I Trench Knife. Reference for these knives is Cole III p. 22-24, No. 2.
Several versions of OSS Knuckle Knives were made by Foster Brothers as Drop Knives for irregular troops operating in the Philippines. Reference is Cole III p. 163 and Cole IV p. 172.
Kevin Parsons made Knuckle Knives for servicemen in Vietnam. These were cast with different metal handles and blades. Reference is Silvey Vietnam p. 127-9.
In this case, a Model 1895 Lee Straight Pull Bayonet blade has had an aluminum handle cast onto it leaving a 7 7/8 inch blade with the numeral 2 stamped on the grip. The scabbard is the same one used for the US issue bayonet. For reference see Cole Book IV p. 185.
M. M. Richie made a special Knuckle Knife that was made to be held in the hand while he was running his bulldozer in the Pacific Theater. If the Japs forced him off his equipment his knife was ready at hand. This is a one of a kind specimen and the scabbard is the control stalk.
These Springfield Arsenal protoype Mark I pattern Knuckle Knives were made with a 1910 bolo type blade. This specimen is all brass and is the piece shown in Adrain Van Dyk List #115 p. 8, #61. Came out of Springfield Arsenal.
These unmarked Knuckle Knives with both cast and tubular handles and a variety of blades are always found in scabbards marked: STELZIG SADDLERY CO. HOUSTON TEXAS. There is no information on the maker of these well made knives but they were most certainly from the same manufacturer.
Taylor Huff made these knives as an employee of Fort Knox, Kentucky. This model has aluminum slab grips held by copper rivets and stamped US. PAT. NO. 13870 S. NO. 1326. The 10 pointed knucks are made of steel and the double edge blade is 9 inches long. Reference is Cole IV p. 2 Type No. 1.
This Three Feathers Knuckle Knife is so named because of the stamping on the ricasso of the blade. The actual name of the maker is unknown. The knife appeared first in Adrian Van Dyk List #114 p. 14, #190, then in his list #115, p.28, #188 which is where the owner that I acquired the knife from got it. The knife is shown also in the Cassidy book The Complete Book of Knife Fighting on p. 46, #3, far left.
These Knuckle Knives were either made at factories or by individuals in the US, made aboard USN ships, or fabricated overseas with a military connection.
This Knuckle Knife was made by W. D. Wilcoxson of Terre Haute, IN at one of the many wartime production factories there. Another knife that I have listed under the Unknown Maker category that is engraved Jack F. Taylor USMC Latonia, KY, I believe he also made as the similarities in the patterns of the castings and blades is too great to be coincidence in addition to the scabbard styles.
These fighting knives were made in Australia & New Zealand for Commonwealth and US troops in the Pacific Theater.
These British Made Knuckle Knives were made for Commonwealth Forces and available to US troops alike.