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MILITARY FIGHTING KNIVES MATERIALS -
This section of the website provides a list of some of the materials employed in the manufacturing of fighting knives.

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KNIFE MATERIAL INFORMATION
Aluminum
Steel
440C


The following section discusses the construction of the handle of the edge weapons.



KNIFE HANDLE INFORMATION
Aluminum Aluminum handles were commonly found in theater made knives. Usually they are a single piece that includes the blade. Sometimes they were adorned with stones or colorful material to create a design.

In other cases they were manufactured in the shape of knuckle busters and made a very effective offensive weapon. Surfaces were created so the soldier could strike in a punching motion or hit in an overhead downward fashion.

Wood Wooden handles were commonly used in utilitarian type knives. Edge weapons such as the USMC bolo knife. This is a common material because it is readily available and easy to manipulate.

Lucite Lucite is an early version of clear plastic material. During the war the American soldiers would capture knives from the enemy and would modify them by replacing the original grips with crafted lucite handles. In some cases the GI would place stickers depicting girls in the tang then place the handle on top of it. This action creates a window effect where the image is visible through the lucite material.

The modifications were not limited to captured knives, sometimes the changes were applied to their own edge weapons.

Leather leather was a popular material used in the construction of knife handles. Most of the time the design of a leather handle consisted of multiple rings that were stacked up together to form one unit. Some of the rings had different colors to provide a visual effect.

Some of the leather handles were made of a single piece.

Bronze Bronze is a popular material for knife manufacturing due to its availability and ease of manipulation. One concern in using this material are its temperature properties. If it is hot outside the handle would get hot and vice-versa.

Sone of the bronze handles were manufactured in the shape of knuckle busters and made a very effective offensive weapon. Surfaces were created so the soldier could strike in a punching motion or hit in an overhead downward fashion.





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