October 2002

"Mystery" knife

As suggested by several folks, we are adding this page to gather what information we can about edged items of unknown origin or backgrounds. We will print what information we do have on them and any theories anyone may have right here on this page. Hit me with your best shot to stimulate the thought process.

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This knife was sent to us by our good friend Michael Wiedemann. This is what Mike can tell us about it:

Recently I found an interesting knife that appeared to be a WWII theater knife or one built in support of the war effort.  The knife has the kind of construction that one would believe was slated for more than a one-of-a-kind project.  The grips are held in place by the cast in place butt and cross guard.  The cross guard and butt look to have been formed by a mold.  The overall length of the knife is 12 3/4 inches and the blade is
7 3/4 inches.  The item that really got me interested was that the blade is etched in script "Hand Forged by (unreadable) Terre Haute, Ind".  Noted Theater knife collector Bill Wright has a similar knife, but his no longer has any visible etching.  Looking for more examples and the identity of the maker.

How about it..... anyone??

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