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German Knife and scabbard

Ernst Busch
1916 - 1918

This knife would have been intended for close quarter fighting, more reminiscent of earlier, less industrialised types of warfare. It has a double-edged blade and the belt loop attached to the scabbard is made of woven paper which was a substitute for leather, a commodity that was in short supply in WW1 Germany.

Part of The Museum of Wigan Life’s First World War Collection.