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knives of the civil war

Discussion in 'Civil War Weapons and Ammunition' started by jr baker, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. jr baker

    jr baker Private

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    What knives would have been used in civil war I know they carried bowies. Was any knives issued. and would very many of the soldier both north and south would carried pocket knives thanks
     

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  3. Republican Blues

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    Probably the most common knife of the CW was the pocket knife. They were light, utilitarian, and cheap. The big D guard bowies often didnt survive the first year of the war, being sent home or just plain tossed. Period correct pocket knives are out there, just look for em.. I carry a pocket knife in all my impressions, US or CS, officer or enlisted. Do a little research.. its out there.
     
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    I'm not sure of the actual popularity of Bowie knives/belt knives, you see them in an awful lot of early war personal photographs though,and not just Southern men. As for pocket knives, I can't imagine a soldier without one. In some of Greg Coco's book's dealing with the post-Gettysburg battlefield, it's clean up, and burial of the dead, accounts often mention pocket knives being amoung the effects of the dead, (those who weren't robbed that is).
     
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    Agree strongly, "...of what use is a man without a pocket knife?" it was once asked. Good question.
    A thousand and one uses, the pocket knife was a simple tool almost no soldier would have been without for long. Mine is like an old friend. The Bowie knifes and D-guards are somewhat over-represented.

    A pocket knife would have accompanied the soldier from home. It was not an item of issuance.
    Every soldier was a civilian once. Many civilian men carried a pocket knife, and virtually all
    men employed in agriculture or a skilled trade needed to have one handy.
     
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    I would tend to agree Craig, what is a man without a pocket knife? No man who worked the farm went without one. I carry one on my person all the time when in and out of uniform.
     
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    Period pocket knives are regularly available at antique shops for veryreasonable prices. Trick is to id what a period style might be which could be very regional. Simple folding clasp knives have been around since Rome.
     
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    "Simplier the better," I always say.
     
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    They even make this handy combo fork knife spoon thing... the spoon is handy for feeding information when a book or internet search can turn up the same results
     
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    Ha, I see what you did there.
     
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    If I have my pants on, I am carrying a ocket knife.. and have since I was about 8 years old. It is a tool that can be used for such a wide variety of tasks that I cannot imgaine life without one.. to the point that when I have to fly, mine goes in checked baggage so I have it when I get to where I am going.
     
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    I got these off of another forum. The pic with the multiple knives is from the Steamboar Arabia Museum IIRC.
     
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    I have been collecting pocket for just about all my life I have I think close to 40 knives I don't have any that civil war era but I will one day. But I do have 3 knives that was made after the civil war but the company that made them was in business before the war it is the new york knife company of waldan ny. I just got through making a bowie knife I can't post picture on here so I am on photobucket my name on it jr baker 1990
     

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