Messenger Knuckle Knife
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.
Name : W. H. Messenger Knuckle Knife
Description: This Messenger Knuckle Knife is marked MADE BY W. H. MESSINGER JACKSON MICH. on the front of the brass guard with an 8 inch wavy Kris blade made from a file, walnut handle and brass knuckles. The August Ziegler scabbard is marked PVT. FRANK MILBURN in gold on the black leather. This is the actual knife that appears in the Knife World, May, 1992 article and is shown in Cole's Book IV on page 164.
Name: Messenger Knuckle Knife
Description: This William H. Messenger Knuckle Knife ia an unmarked specimen. The 7 7/8" bright blade is made of Ketos steel which was used in anti-aircraft shells and was a special high carbon, high chrome steel that was very hard to work with. Some call it an early stainless steel formulation. Knuckle knife has a brass guard and knucks with a brown Bakelite handle. The scabbard was again made by August Ziegler in Jackson, MI. This knife also appears in my article in Knife World, May, 1992 and is the knife shown in Cole's Book IV p.165.For sale: $3500.00 | Contact?