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Kim Berg





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PostPosted: Sun 17 May, 2009 8:48 am    Post subject: Knife Identification?         Reply with quote

Hello! I am new to this board and recently was given a knife and I would like to know if anyone knows anything about it. I have done searches all over the internet with no luck. It was given to me by my dad, but it was his grandfathers. He said it was used in or before WW1. That's all I know. I attached a picture. Hope it's ok to ask this question, if not I sincerely apologize. I find all this very fascinating!


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Lin Robinson




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PostPosted: Sun 17 May, 2009 9:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Kim...

Welcome. That is the purpose of this forum, to give and take information and to learn. Your question was very appropriate.

Just from its condiiton, I would say this knife has not seen any combat. It is just too clean.

I think the origin is probably somewhere in Southeast Asia, quite possibly Indonesia. It has some of the earmarks of blades I have seen from that part of the world.

Aside from that, I cannot offer much. I will look at some of my references and post again if I find more definite information.

Lin Robinson

"The best thing in life is to crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of their women." Conan the Barbarian, 1982
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Kim Berg





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PostPosted: Sun 17 May, 2009 9:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for replying. I would really like to find out where it orginated. Where is the best place I could find out?? One more thing more I found out it is supposedly my great-grandfather took it from a German in WW1. The etching (or symbol, emblem) I don't know what it is called looks like a crown with a cross on top.


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Arne Focke
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PostPosted: Sun 17 May, 2009 12:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That symbol is the makers mark and your best chance of finding out more about the knife.
Just keep showing it around everywhere, with some luck a collector might recognize it. Happy

So schön und inhaltsreich der Beruf eines Archäologen ist, so hart ist auch seine Arbeit, die keinen Achtstundentag kennt! (Wolfgang Kimmig in: Die Heuneburg an der oberen Donau, Stuttgart 1983)
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Kim Berg





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PostPosted: Tue 19 May, 2009 12:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for replying. Can anyone recommend who I could contact (a collector or expert) who might know more info?
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Etienne Hamel




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PostPosted: Tue 19 May, 2009 3:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I think a museum would be apropriate there is many info u can find there but i don't know which (i never went to a museum but hey there is plenty of stuff u can find and learn from there) Big Grin .
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