Rare French WW II Dive Knife

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RARE FRENCH DIVING
KNIFE WW II!
French WW III dive knife dive shown with sheath image

No Markings

Weight 2 lbs 8 oz

20th Century

Overall Dimension:

knife 14  1/4“
Blade 8 1/4” x 1 1/4” x 1/4”        4 1/2“ x 1 1/4“  x 11/4”                          Sheath  9″ 3/4“ L x 1 1/2“ Dia

Overseas buyers, inquire for rates

Presented is a French WW II dive knife purchased from Belgium from the estate of an Antwerp collector. The brass has a patina on both the
hilt and on the sheath that varies in shades from olive and light green to dark green with some
black. The brass is all in excellent condition showing only a few dents and handling marks. The blade has a very sharp edge with considerable encrustation of what may be hardened rust over most of its surface. Where it is uncovered by this coating, the color of the blade
is grey The knife has a small 1/16 inch crack on the inside rim, but screws into the sheath securely. The blade is slightly loose in the grip and when turned the tang can be seen to move at the end of the pommel. This is a good sign since there are copies of dive
knives being made in Germany where the tang is only a short stub and is subject to breaking. Like with many of this design, there is no drain hole at the bottom of the scabbard.Unfortunately, there is little documented information as to when these French knives were made and who manufactured them.

French dive knife obverse image
French dive knife in sheath image
French dive knife reverse image
Both front and back side of knife with sheath in center

French dive knife blade image
Blade's point image
blade showing escruction and rust. It looks the same on otherside.
pommel of French knife image
Inside of scabbard image

Top, Pommel showing tang in center.

Center, inside of sheath. Below, Small crack in rim.

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