French Resistance Dagger

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    French Resistance Dagger

    My son was reading a book on WWII last night. Book has a lot of photos of devices used in the war... one of them caught my eye when my son brought the book to me to ask some questions. This device was a small dagger of a type I've never seen before. It is a tiny spear point blade with the grip being nothing more than an unsharpened area with checkering. The overall shape is that of a long teardrop about 2 inches long. Simple leather sheath attached to an elastic band for wrist or ankle carry. I can't find a photo of this little knife online... so I'm going to take a photo of the page if I can and post this image. I know a lot of guys that are into small hideaway blades who would go nuts for this “Resistance Dagger”.

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    did it look something like this?

    picture from this site

    These were pretty common in WWII, issued to covert agents of various units.
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    Actually there is one on ebay right now.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/WW2-Lapel-SPY-Kn...QQcmdZViewItem

    I would buy one

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    Yeah, that's what I'm talking about... the top link. The lower one is different.
    20 bucks... I'm going to have to order one.

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    Brigade Quartermasters had some for sale in their last catalog made by BlackJack knives.

    http://www.actiongear.com/cgi-bin/ta...Fresults%2Etam

    Other info:

    http://www.gutterfighting.org/cestar...l_daggers.html

    http://www.donrearic.com/snarc.html

    http://www.donrearic.com/covertweapons.html

    http://www.donrearic.com/perrin.html

    I love these little guys. You could fabricate one from a metal nail file very easily. I make mine out of scrap steel and secure them under a lapel and in the rear hem of jackets (I'mlittle paranoid of being tied up with my hands behind me.) I've also tucked them into steel toe boot soles when going into places with metal detectors. The possibilities are truely endless. They also work well for the "veil of blood" technique.

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    almost as valuable as their rifles w/ white flag attached.
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    Designed by the OSS... not the French. And it doesn't take much to think of many situations when such a blade could be wonderfully useful. Just like all the other small defensive blades on the market that are popular and selling well.
    I like the classic look and the history which the new designs don't have.

    My order has been placed here:
    http://homepage.mac.com/dbrock76/Personal43.html
    Thanks for that link, kenpotex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky
    almost as valuable as their rifles w/ white flag attached.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud White
    just kidding, I am sure there are many dropped french rifles , that were picked up as war trophies. Only a few scratches on em, never used ,only dropped once.
    "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson


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    Wink French Resistance is an oxymoron

    Quote Originally Posted by George Hill
    Designed by the OSS... not the French.
    Yeah, I somehow was thinking of a Butter knife when the title "French Resistance" knife came up.
    Former Army Infantry Captain; 25 yrs as an NRA Certified Instructor; Avid practitioner of the martial art: KLIK-PAO.

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    I understand those "resistance knives" were prized by French chefs since they were the perfect size to reach into snail shells.

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    That's a neat little number... 65 bucks though... that's a bit much for what your getting I think.

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    Hmmm... merits of mass production, maybe? $40 at MD Tactical (currently OOS, though)
    http://www.mdtactical.com/shivworks.htm

    To its credit, the Lil' Loco can be held in a fist, not something to try with the traditional OSS lapel knife. The lapel blades conceal beautifully between the fingers for forehead/facial slapping, and can poke well, in a pinch.

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