Military Clasp Knives

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Jack Black, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Fausto that is a really smart looking knife. True to the original pattern . Could you please email me a link to the source ?
  2. gr8dismal


    Aug 31, 2013
    only marking "M.I." over "40", and "70"; opposite sides of spike base. Still has a robust snap.


    clasp knife:


    & a question- I see new clasp knives etched "Rodgers" on the blade, stainless w/composition scales; anyone own one?
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2013
  3. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Another great pic gr8dismal :thumbup:
  4. CJZ


    Dec 18, 2012

    Me as well, please.
  5. Raymond1000


    Oct 8, 2006
    I bought a couple of these knives years ago. Gave one to a nephew. Still have the other. It looks like the top knife in scrteened porch’s picture. Ugly as sin. Nail breaking blades. (I just broke a nail on the can opener, to prove it.) The covers have blister making sharp corners. A nice concept, badly executed.

    The marlinspike on the Army knife is supposed to have been used to pry stones from horse's hooves. But it would be useful for digging and prying and any rough stuff you didn't want to use a blade for.

    I saw one of these knives on some Midsomer_Murders show. Barnaby said, “A Lewis knife. No soldier leaves home without one.”

    I’ve never figured out who Lewis was.
  6. Sword and Shield

    Sword and Shield

    Apr 3, 2004
    Anyone ever try the modern British army ones from Sheffield? Look like a nice evolution of these older ones.
  7. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Forum member Vanguard bought one about 6 months ago, said he was very pleased with it. They're certainly less cumbersome and gnarly, and stainless for those who like stainless. The can-opener probably works better too. Not sure how comfortable they'd be for heavy duty without covers though.
  8. smiling-knife


    Nov 11, 2006
    This WWII Ibberson knife has an unusual dimpled pattern to the scales.

  9. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    That's very interesting S-K, not seen one like that before. It's a nice example too :)
  10. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I still have to get one of the Slaters. They have the combo cap-lifter/can-opener. They also have them in all stainless or with handle covers. If I'm reading their primitive website correctly. They seem to call these army pen knives.
  11. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    It's terrible isn't it?!

    Eggington Group are still making them with the Rodgers name on.
  12. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I just discovered j Adams, who have several, as well as a green river deck knife like fes's. And a website that won't make one weep.
  13. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Yes, some interesting things on that site. I believe that Jack Adams is the oldest working grinder in Sheffield.
  14. Humppa


    Jul 25, 2010
    I don´t actually know if it´s military, but it´s a clasp knife ;)

    It´s an all-steel construction and made by Gräfrath, Solingen. The company became later the better known cutlery "Hubertus".


    tang stamp

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  15. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    That's an interesting knife Andi, thanks for the pics :)
  16. Campbellclanman

    Campbellclanman Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    I had a good score the other day Jack, I have just received a Clasp knife - although not Military ( I think ) with only the spike and blade, it turned out quite nice ( I have had it soaking in a Mineral oil bath ) - it has very finely stamped I*XL GOERGE WOSTENHOLM SHEFFIELD ENGLAND.
  17. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    That's a coincidence Duncan, I saw one of these Wostenholm's in the market the other day, from 1943. It was quite nice, and I would have snapped it up in an instant, but there was almost nothing left of the blade, not much more than a spike. The guy selling it has had it on his stall a few weeks as the price is unrealistic considering the lack of blade. Hope yours is in better shape my friend :thumbup:
  18. HFinn


    Sep 6, 2012
    The merchant (surplus shop) claims these could be authentic Bundeswehr navy knives, but notes they are sold as replicas. I have seen these and the quality seems to be good. Might make a nice inexpencive clasp knife.


    Copied from the merchant's website:

    "Traditional German navy knife with Marlinspike. This is either genuine issue stuff, or a remarkable reproduction, but in any case a good tool for an affordable price.

    In all honesty we can't tell if this is issue or not. The packaging is by Mil-Tec, but that's as far as it goes. Very slight signs of wear is found on the plastic side panels with "BUND" embedded on one side, "stainless made in China" is nowhere to be found. The stainless steel blade rather says "TSR Rostfrei" (at least most of these, as TSR is just one manufacturer with a contract) and general quality seems to be on a level not found from Chinese reproduction items.

    The blade does not lock and final closure is snappy because of the spring, being as this is from an era when consumers had some responsibility of their own. The knife also features a Marlinspike for ropework, which can be unlocked with a separate latch. A steel retention loop is found in the other end.

    Blade length: 8 cm.
    Total length: 19 cm.
    Folded: 11 cm.
    Weight: 135 g.

    Factory new or as new. Possibly manufactured by TSR, or Mil-Tec have raised the bar considerably."
  19. rinos


    Feb 17, 2008

    not really old but only military knife(slipjoint)i own is this Danish army knife M71 made by Solwa(Germany),back spring on main blade was broken and replaced with one from can opener.
  20. gr8dismal


    Aug 31, 2013

    -I have one, and the lever that unlocks the spike flops around constantly/aimlessly at the will of gravity, gets hung up in the pocket, etc.

    :thumbdn: :barf: :thumbdn:

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