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LegendInMyMind
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Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
It is a US Model 1917 Plumb Bolo knife. It was carried by my great-great-uncle towards the end of the war. He got married right after volunteering for service. When he got outfitted he scribed or carved his and his new wife's initials on everything that he had. You can see their initials on the leather tip of the scabbard. It has a rawhide inner scabbard and a canvas and leather outer.

I need to try to find out more about his service, but I don't know where to start. I'm not close with his remaining family, really. He's on my Pop's side of the family. What I do know about him and the knife I learned from my dad.

Just thought it would be a cool one to share.

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Sun God
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re: Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
Awesome

How many folks got stabbed with it?


TribeCalledQuest
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re: Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
Nah duck that. OT experts hithertoo.


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Cosmo
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re: Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
Stabbed some krauts with it i hope


Eli Goldfinger
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re: Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
I have my peepaw’s WW1 bayonet, compass, and deployment paperwork.

He was in Wildcat Division and sent to Verdun, France in 1917.

Most folks my age have WW2 aged grandfathers.

Congratulations on the cool heirloom!
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LegendInMyMind
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re: Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
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How many folks got stabbed with it?

The hell that went on in that war, who knows?
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re: Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
Now THATS a knife


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LegendInMyMind
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re: Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
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FAP SAM

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FAP

One expert has chimed in.


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DomincDecoco
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re: Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
Your Low T problem was solved just by holding it.

Seriously though, thanks for taking the time to post the pics. Very very cool.



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ZappBrannigan
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re: Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
Badass.

https://www.archives.gov/research/military/genealogy

Maybe can dig up stuff here for yourself


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adamau
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re: Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
I think there's a guy that hangs out around here that might be willing to make you a great trade on that for box of vintage jockstraps.


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Jim Rockford
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re: Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
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Most folks my age have WW2 aged grandfathers. ?


I know a guy in his sixties whose father was in WWI. He was 72 when his son was born


ninthward
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re: Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
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Stabbed some krauts with it i hope
If he was in combat I would say the probability is high. Does that look like blood on the back scabbard?


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NYNolaguy1
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re: Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
OP did your great great uncle live in Louisiana following the war? The Secretary of State has an archive with abstracts of his service if so.


fishfighter
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re: Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
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How many folks got stabbed with it?


Not a stabbing knife. That knife is a hacking knife. Has weight to it that when swinging, it can cut a hand or arm off.

The Philippine people made a shite load of them in WW2 and even after. They were made out of car lee springs. Had one when I was over there but lost it somewhere.

OP, one can buy one for around $25 for what you have. Still, cool knife.


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Catahoula20LSU
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re: Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
Cool family heirloom. I have a few from my grandfather and great grandfather. Neatest thing for me is I have my great grandfather’s anvil that he used to blacksmith with.


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Fat and Happy
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re: Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
Hope that has some commie blood on it


Eli Goldfinger
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re: Got something interesting today from my Mom's house: A WWI Knife
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I know a guy in his sixties whose father was in WWI. He was 72 when his son was born


Wow

My grandfather was born in 1888.
He had my father in 1929.
My father had me in his late 40s.

We effectively skipped a generation.


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