Trench Knife, U.S. 1918, LF&C - 1918, Intact with Original Finish
Measures 11.5" by 3.5". This is a rare knife manufactured by the Landers, Frary, and Clark Co. of New Britain, CT. With the end of hostilities in World War I, large-scale wartime contracts for Mark I knife production were cancelled. Most Mark I knives that were produced by U.S. manufacturers were never issued, and remained in army storage. During World War II, stocks of Mark I knives were released for issue to army units with a need for a close-combat fighting knife, though the number of Mark I used was limited. Of those Mark I knives released for service, most were issued in 1942 and 1943 to soldiers serving in elite army ranger and airborne formations,though some Mark I knives were used by marine units in 1942 and 1943, in particular marines serving with the four Marine Raider battalions.