Knuckle Knives

WW2

These knives were issued to Special Forces during WW2.

They were manufactured in Australia and New Zealand. I am not yet sure of the extent of use of the NZ knives by Australian Special Forces.

Known Australian Manufacturers:
Greg Steel in Melbourne.
There are several unmarked versions.

Total production of these knives is not known.

The Australian Knuckle Knives were made with both Mazak (Die Cast) and Brass grips. There were several different patterns.

They were issued with a leather sheath with a security strap to hold the knife securely in place.


These pages are from a 1943 Ordnance Memorandum
Knuckle Knife
This illustration is provided courtesy of Special Operations Australia, Australia's Secret War in the Pacific.






Knife, Fighting, Australian
This image courtesy of Roy Shadbolt



Knuckle Knife
From the collection of Steve Leverington.



Knuckle Knife
©Australian War Memorial
This Knuckle Knife is in the collection of the Australian War Memorial
This particular knife belonged to Able Seaman Moss Berryman RAN and is associated with Operation Jaywick on the M.V. Krait.



Knuckle Knife
©Australian War Memorial
This Knuckle Knife is in the collection of the Australian War Memorial
This particular knife belonged to Sergeant E T Davis, Far Eastern Liaison Office (FELO)



Post WW2

Korea

I have recently discovered that Knuckle Knives were used in Korea.

The image below shows a group of Australian Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), resting and trying to keep warm by a fire. Scattered around them is some of their equipment. To the left hand side of the soldier in the centre of the image is a knuckle knife. Apparently within easy reach if he needs to grab it. These soldiers appear to be well rugged up against the cold.

Knuckle Knife in Korea
©Australian War Memorial
This image is in the collection of the Australian War Memorial
It can also be seen on the Dept of Veterans Affairs site where there is more information about the Korean conflict.