Deck Knives

Another knife used by Royal Australian Navy sailors is the Deck knife, also known as a Boom knife.

The Deck knife is a fixed blade knife, usually of a blunted or Sheepsfoot style. The term Boom knife is believed to have originated from the early sailing days, the boom (or spar) was rigged fore & aft with a triangular sail, to release the sail in a hurry, strops had to be cut from aloft that held the sail in place, the "blunt" end of the knife helped to ensure that the sail wasn't also cut in the process. Other reasons for the blunt nose on the knife included accidental stabbing of one's leg and also to minimise damage to both the knife and the ships rigging if dropped or misused.

It has not been easy to find examples of this knife. I have not been able to find any that were earlier than the 1960's

William Cooper & Son

This example was obtained by its owner in late 1966. It is marked on the blade: William Cooper & Son, Sheffield 1965. There are no acceptance or military markings.

William Cooper & Son


Roymac

This knife was obtained by its owner in the 1980's. It is marked on the blade: ROYMAC, Stainless Steel, Japan. There are no acceptance or military markings.

Roymac


Unnamed

The knife currently on issue has no makers mark or any other marks. Some slip covers have been noted with "Department of Defence" printed on them.

Unknown maker

If anyone has any information on Deck knives, I would very much like to hear from them. Please