Very cool. Thanks for sharing.
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When my father returned from Europe after a long, unplanned backpacking trek through Europe and into Germany, he brought back a collection of German knives. As a member of the Greatest Generation, they were put away in a dusty box and forgotten until given to me. My DW then had them installed in a large glass case. Most are ceremonial style award blades, but several had the patina of real use. One such of these was the knife, below left. It had a metal sheath with metal belt clips. I am sorry for the poor photo quality, but it is in a glass case on my wall.
That was, of course, a German contract for the German Army.It was 1915 when Heinrich Boker & Co. Solingen received the government order to develop a compact fighting knife that would be especially useful for trench warfare.
So, when Boker reintroduced this knife, I picked one up (for much less than Boker suggests, BTW) for sentimental reasons. They remind me of my father, and the Greatest Generation slipping away so fast. He was a member of the 84th Division. I have his Division history "Book" as well as his original Bill Maudlin Up Front.After 90 years, we [Boker] are reproducing the original knife blade out of high carbon steel with 0.75% carbon. The pronounced steel crossguard, the wood forearm handle, (designed for a firm and safe grip), and the official tang stamp are identical to the original trench knife - as is the cowhide leather sheath. On the back of the blade, each knife shows its serial number. Blade length: 5 5/8". Overall length: 10". Weight: 5.9 oz.
Times like this I really miss him. He was in the early EOD, and never talked about the war, other than a couple of funny stories he'd tell if pestered. Apparently his group would go out at night to clear paths for advances, and as a result, they always had fresh eggs they liberated from barns. That makes me smile. Fresh eggs must have been worth their weight in gold after the mud and cold of the war, and later the Battle of the Bulge.
Upon his return, he enrolled at the University of Kansas, then went home and partied with his friends until finals, which he passed with flying colors. He still laughed about that first semester............I have my suspicions he saw the bottom of more than one bottle of Scotch, which to be honest, no one complained about. Even to his death in SoCal, his feet suffered from the cold. That was probably pretty common, although they never said much about it.
"He went on two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the Steppes. He had learned a good deal . . . and was a fairly clever fellow. What he had not learned, however, was this: to find contentment in himself and his own life. The cause of this apparently was that at the bottom of his heart he knew all the time (or thought he knew) that he was in reality not a man, but a wolf of the Steppes."
Very cool. Thanks for sharing.
A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.
Nice story and nice knife, I have a Boker pocket knife that was my Grandfathers and I carry it everyday
A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father.
Provenance on those makes great reading. Nice you've got them on display sir.
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I have several Boker reproduction WW2 knives--very high quality.
Germany build some VASTLY superior equipment in WWII. Lucky (for us) that they failed to produce ENOUGH of it FAST enough. Great story, fine collection, great knives.
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Nice knife especially with the sentimental value attached.
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Very nice, story and all. Display them proudly!
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Very nice , for a guy like me that never seen the style and types of knifes it is nice people showcase them here to share with us (me) . Thank You .
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Keep your booger hook off the bang switch until you want to destroy something .