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a rather particular (German ?) knife

Discussion in 'German Light Weapons' started by Arthur124, Jul 25, 2017.

  1. Arthur124

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    Has anybody seen this type of knife in documentation of equipment of soldiers of the 'Kriegsmarine' WW2 ?
    The photograph is of a replica but the person who showed it to me said that he was told by a French collector
    that this type of knife was used by the German Kriegsmarine
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    dimensions : open : 20 cm / 7.87 inch - closed : 14,50 cm / 5.70 inch - weigth : 85 gr / 0.187 lb
     

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    Always been a bit suss of these pantograph knives, as they usually seem to be sold under that certain type of 'NAZI SS SPECIAL FORCES SECRET DAGGER' auction listing, and often look identical in wear and quality...

    Not my bag at all, but the wiki page seems sensible, and googling 'pantographic knife' possibly turns up an apparent expert or two.

    Pantographic knife - Wikipedia
     
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    "Sheathless knife". Don't know the provenance for that design but I've had a few of similar design, none of historical interest.
     
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    Thanks for information,
     
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    I've seen references to such a knife. It was supposedly issued to the fallschirmjaegers.
     
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    Thanks for the information.
    Were these 'serious' references or just someone mentioning it ?
     
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    Some years ago, I believe in some WW2 magazine, somebody was advertising knock-offs of these knives. If my memory serves me right, each individual fallschirmjaeger was issued one because they were safer than a sheath knife and they could open it with one hand and cut themselves out of a parachute cord tangle if they had to.
     
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    There is a copy of the knife you show on gunbroker.com. It's advertised as a German paratrooper knife. However, there are several other knives of a different design also billed as German paratrooper knife. There may be more than one type of these.
     
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    The 'classic' Fallschirmjager knife would be a gravity knife.
    I am no detailed expert, but this pantograph is definitely not the blade traditionally associated with those chaps.
     
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    Thanks for your replies.
    The pantographic knife being officially part of the equipment of Kriegsmarine or Fallschirmjäger seems to be kind of a hoax.
    Thread can be closed.
     

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