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There have been many different versions of paratrooper knives since paratroops have become part of armed forces. The German Army designed this special purpose paratrooper knife that was used extensively during World War II. Having similarities between the balisong, this knife was purpose built to allow a solder to open it with one hand to deal with any situation after deploying from their airplane. When not in use, the blade stays stored in the handle to prevent any accidents that could happen with an exposed blade during a parachute drop.
With a vintage appearance from the brass handle, this knife could be used for display purposes in a historical room. There is no defined model that this knife is a reproduction of with most information pointing to an Eichorn design. The knife is an interesting piece and could help round out a collection of German-era knives.
|Manufacturer||German Army Surplus|
|Blade Steel||Carbon Steel|
This knife is a little loose as are most things made in China, will make a great little letter opener .
This knife isnt heirloom quality, but it is interesting to have.
Kind of flimsy, also be aware that the blade is not sharp at all. All in all pretty good price for a unique trinket.
A lot smaller than I expected. But, never having seen an original, I had nothing to compare it to. Can't see how this design was developed to make one-handed opening easier. This gizmo is like a Chinese puzzle box. But still an interesting knife.