Belgian WW1 Combat Training Knife
Spring-loaded ‘blade’ consisting of a steel tube with black composite ball at the tip. Oval sheet steel guard painted black, one-piece carved wooden grip.
These training knives very closely mimic the shape of the Belgian-issue fighting knife which was produced during WW1, initially within Belgium but later in Sheffield for the government-in-exile, often by converting the blade from an M1889 Belgian Mauser bayonet into a stiletto-like fighting knife. A spring-loaded version of the same length and weight would have enabled much more realistic training for hand-to-hand combat, and that the Belgian military took the trouble to have these high-quality examples made shows how important the knife became to trench warfare.
Some knocks to the upturned edge of the disc guard and some wear to its black paint on raised areas, as much as one would expect from an item used for training. The wood grip is excellent for its age and usage, with no major dents or losses. The collapsing spring mechanism of the ‘blade’ is fully functional.
See p30 of Fighting Knives by Frederick J Stephens for a similar example.