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History buffs who pleaded for WWI militaria get 2ft German bayonet
History buffs who called for First World War memorabilia got more than they asked for when they were offered a 2ft bayonet which once belonged to a German soldier. The Great War relic was handed over to Ladywood History Group by Gertie Grice, who was handed the bayonet by her dad Frank Webster, who served in the trenches of Western Front. The bayonet will go on show in an exhibition to mark the 90th anniversary of the end of the conflict.

WWI knife with a shinbone handle from a slain Turkish soldier   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Jack Moore had been wondering how to dispose of a knife made by his wounded father using the shinbone of a slain Turkish soldier for the handle. He wanted it to be given the respect it deserved and was happy the Army Museum in Waiouru had agreed to take the knife. It was made by his father Jack Moore, who landed at Anzac Cove on April 25, 1915, and was shot in the shoulder by a Turkish defender 4 weeks later. He put his .303 rifle to his wounded shoulder and shot the Turk dead before walking down the hill to the beach - By the time he got there his boots were full of blood. He made the knife in a military hospital, carving Anzac and Turkish symbols into the handle.

Replica of First World War Trench Knife
This is a replica of 1918 First World War style Trench Knife with Brass Knuckles for sale. The handle is engraved with 1918 U.S and it comes with a metal shealth with belt loop.

Knife amnesty nets WWI bayonets
Four World War I bayonets were among weapons handed into police in Surrey during a five week national knife amnesty. Almost 1,000 were domestic knives, but items including a samurai sword, a ninja star and a Ghurkha knife were classed as being of specific interest.

The rise of the war knife - bayonets too long in the trenches   (Article no longer available from the original source)
In the first part of World War One, the battles were fought in deep trenches and fortifications; the different detachments trained the soldiers which became specialists in the sudden attack, the so called "coup de main". The war had demonstrated that the bayonets and rifles were too long to be used effectively in the trenches, the narrow tunnels and the wire entanglements. Many soldiers made their own war knives, using all kinds of materials and pieces of other arms.