1918 Trench Knife

Keepshooting.com is proud to offer the 1918 trench knife, a replica of the Mark I trench knife originally designed in late 1918. Trench knives are military issued weapons and were originally designed for close quartered combat in World War I as a response to the advent of trench warfare.


This knife, similar to the original, consists of a double-edged steel blade measuring approximately 6.5-inches long. It also incorporates a bronze hilt, crafted to resemble a knuckle-duster, and is stamped like the original with “U.S. 1918.” The blade is attached to the hilt by a conical nut and also includes a metal scabbard with a belt loop.


Note: This knife is being sold as a collectable item only. Please check all local laws for any regulations that may prohibit ownership. This item will not be shipped to any foreign countries or any of the following states: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, or the District of Columbia.

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As mentioned, these knives are replicas of the Mark I trench knife. They are not surplus items and have several differences that set them apart from the original. Originally, the Mark I trench knife was produced with a blackened finish intended to prevent any reflection, which may have alerted enemies to a soldier’s presence. These knives are produced using 440 stainless steel.

Like most militaria, the Mark I trench knife has an interesting and storied history. Prior to the introduction of the Mark I in late 1918, two trench knives were developed and issued to U.S. servicemen during WWI, the M1917 and the M1918. The first trench knife issued to U.S. troops was the U.S. M1917, a knife based on the French Poignard-Baïonnette Lebel M1886/14. Like its French counterpart, the M1917 was produced with a triangular, stiletto-type blade attached to a wooden handle with a metal knuckle guard. The M1918 was very similar to the M1917, the only difference being a modified knuckle guard. Because the M1917 and M1918 had stiletto blades, they were primarily used as stabbing weapons. This left the knives susceptible to breakage and prompted the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) to arrange a field test of the knives and seek a replacement. The replacement was the Mark I trench knife.

The Mark I, like its predecessors, was also based on a French design, the Couteau Poignard Mle 1916 dit Le Vengeur. The new knife, as previously described, consisted of a double-edged blade and a bronze hilt shaped like a knuckle-duster. Also included was the conical nut at the base of the hilt. Because the blade was double-edged, it allowed for both stabbing and slashing motions, an improvement over the previous stiletto blades. The knuckle-duster design of the hilt not only provided a secure grip, but also protected the wielder’s hand from being grabbed by an enemy combatant, as each knuckle is equipped with a spike. Additionally, it served a secondary purpose in that, along with the conical nut at the base of the hilt, it could be used as a striking weapon. These enhanced features proved useful in hand-to-hand combat that was characteristic of trench warfare.

Contrary to popular belief, many Mark I trench knives did not see service in WWI. By the time mass production was completed, combat operations had ceased, leaving the unissued knives to be placed in storage. However, in 1942 and 1943 during World War II, several Mark I knives were issued to Army Rangers, Marine Raiders, and other airborne battalions before their eventual replacement by the M3 trench knife.

Popular Culture

The Mark I trench knife has appeared in popular culture across several difference media including movies, television shows, books and video games.

Recently, the knife has appeared in HBO’s hit series, “Boardwalk Empire.” James “Jimmy” Darmody, a former soldier in WWI, carries a Mark I knife in his left boot and it becomes the focus in one of the series’ famous scenes.

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU SDS-0019
Manufacturer No
Construction Steel
Condition Factory New
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Customer Reviews (9)
1918 Trench Knife Value for Your Dollars
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I received my 1918 Trench Knife from KeepShooting a short while ago and find the knife to be a Very Good Value for the price paid. I have only seen photos of the Original but this one appears to be a very close match. The handle looks to be very sturdy, as it should. The Blade used for this replica is the only negative, in my opinion. Not a fatal flaw but the blade could be better even if it cost a little more. I think that the one used is a bit on the too thin side. The blade profile would a better fit for a concealed carry knife. The scabbard is excellent but the leather could be, again, more sturdy or thicker. Even with those comments I like the knife a lot and believe it is a very good value for the price paid. Review by Buddy (Posted on 7/1/2016)
Fine reproduction
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While it isn't going to have a chunky blade like the originals of the First World War, the knife has weight to it, actually disassembles if you unscrew the bottom skull puncher, and has a tight sheath that is also metal. I've seen others that flap around in the sheath a lot, this reproduction seems to fit well. There's a loop in the sheath that you can fit your belt through, which is also nice. Overall, for the price, I'd highly recommend this blade. Review by Perry (Posted on 2/13/2015)
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Really cool replica but it will work for scaring somebody. Doesn't have many tactical uses but still a cool item. Review by Timothy (Posted on 8/6/2014)
Great Knife
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Got this for my grandfather a few years back. We sharpened it and it was perfect. It looks great too. He enjoyed it and I highly recommend it. Review by Zion (Posted on 7/9/2014)
Great knife
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Although a replica, this performs the basic functions of a real knife pretty well, In addition to the wicked looking handle. Review by Ethan (Posted on 3/30/2014)
Great play knife
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It's a great knife, it's mostly for show and pretend even though it is a real knife. A great conversation starter but not really a tool to use to cut things.

It would probably scare someone because it is a wicked looking knife. Still it looks really good on my wall with the other knifes.
Review by Tyler (Posted on 3/19/2014)
Fun!
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I bought this a year or two ago, great knife, pretty accurate replica, weighted pretty decently and just fun to have, probably pretty good at scaring robbers too Review by Jonathan (Posted on 10/25/2012)
Wicked Looking Weapon
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I bought this from keepshooting and it showed up 2 days later. I was amazed at how quick. The knife just looks mean! It is a little thinner than the real deal but still looks durable, plus I don't think I will be running through the trenches knifing people anytime soon. Great showcase piece. Review by Trench Mole (Posted on 10/6/2011)
like it
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wish to have a real one . only going to put in case for looks Review by DAVID (Posted on 5/10/2011)
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