Original WW2 Robbins Dudley 3 Finger Knuckle Knife

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Item 749598997
Location Cumming, GA 30040
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This is a very nice example of one of the patterns of fighting knives manufactured by the English firm Robbins of Dudley during the First World War. These rare fighting knives are typically referred to as Robbins – Dudley knives by collectors, but in reality the company that produced them was Robbins & Company of Dudley, Worcestershire. The firm of Robbins and Company went into business in the mid-1870’s as "Brass Founders & Fender Makers”. The "fenders” that they produced were the decorative grills that were used in front of fireplaces. As the company grew it added ironwork to its production capabilities and produced bathtubs and other cast and wrought iron products. Around 1906 they started to produce "art metalwork”, including a wide variety of decorative metal items, and by 1910, that was their only pursuit. With the coming of World War I, Robbins of Dudley turned their attention and metal working skills to producing a variety of fighting knives for sale to the troops. The firm produced no less than 10 patterns of knives, most of which incorporated a steel dagger blade cast into an aluminum hilt. They are probably best known for their most commonly encountered fighting knife, a "push dagger” with an aluminum hilt and steel knuckle bow. According to the records of the County Borough of Dudley, the firm went out of business during the early 1920’s. This Robbins of Dudley fighting knife is one of the less often encountered variants (although no Robbins Dudley knives are common). It is a "3 Finger” Knuckle Knife. It is 6” in overall length, with a 4 7/8” dagger blade. The blade is 7/8” wide at the base and tapers rapidly to a sharp double-edged dagger point. A pair of crude, narrow fullers, about 4 ¼” in length run from the base of the blade to the tip, converging about ½” before the tip. The blade is cast directly into the aluminum hilt, which is contoured to fit the hand and has 4 finger grooves cast into it as well. A 2 3/4” long, 3/8” wide contoured steel knuckle guard is also cast into the hilt to protect the first 3 fingers of the hand holding the knife. The base of the aluminum hilt is cast wider than the balance of the hilt and is completely flat. It is clearly and deeply stamped in two lines: ROBBINS / DUDLEY. The knife is in about GREAT overall condition. The blade is mostly bright with only some minor sharpening marks along the edge. There are some small areas of minor age discoloration, light surface oxidation and minor pinpricking present on the blade. None of this is significant or detrimental to display. The aluminum hilt has a lovely pewter gray color to it.
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3.00 Pounds