Nice example of a First World War vintage US Model 1918 trench knife that's unaltered and comes with its original scabbard. Manufactured by Landers Frary & Clark a.k.a. LF&C for the US Army during WW 1, many of these were re-issued during WW 2. It's hard to believe that a company which manufactured coffee grinders and kitchen utensils could build one of the most sinister-looking knives ever issued to soldiers in the US military. The model 1918 was designed specifically for hand-to-hand combat within trench warfare. Essentially, three weapons rolled up into one, which include a 6" blade (or 6.75" including the ricasso), brass knuckles, and a spike-shaped nut at the back of the grips which was termed a "skull crusher". Right side of cast brass handle is marked "U.S. 1918 LF&C 1918". Scabbard is also marked "LF&C 1918". Today, many of us associate this knife with brass handles and a steel blade...but back in their period of use, these were originally finished in all black. This one has quite a bit of its original black finish remaining which is getting harder and harder to find. Most collectors will not part with a 1918 model in this condition. Overall, NRA Antique Fine+ Condition retaining 65-70% original blackened finish on the handle. Blade retains 85% original black finish and has never been sharpened. Scabbard retains 25-30% orig. black finish with a fair share of the copper base metal toning through the finish. It retains both of its original riveted copper hangers. All in all, a really strong example of an early American trench knife that would look great alongside a 1918 "Black Army" vintage Colt 1911 Automatic.