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Entrenchment Dagger

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This Entrenchment Dagger has a blade of high carbon steel and a hilt of brass and carved wood. It comes with a stitched leather sheath.

Overall Length17 7/8''
Blade Length11''
Weight1 lb 11.8 oz
Width64 mm
Thickness3.9 mm - 4.2 mm
P.O.B.1 7/8''
Grip Length4 3/8''
Blade [EN45 High Carbon Steel]
CultureCivil War
Country of OriginIndia

2 reviews for Entrenchment Dagger

  1. Shirwyn Dalgliesh

    I purchased a Factory Second of this blade for roughly $25.00 and at that price point it was an excellent deal.

    Pluses: The blade seems to be decent quality steel and the weight to length ratio would make it a good choice for work cutting saplings and light undergrowth if you sharpen it (see cons below). For any English think of it as being a fascine knife like a billhook. The hilt is solid and the wood work has an interesting spiral on it that I wouldn’t expect from a knife at this price. I haven’t taken it apart but it seems to have been peened or very solidly glued (in fairness I haven’t done any chopping with it yet). The hilt is long for a one handed knife and has an unusually thick diameter which could make it an issue for people with smaller hands but it narrows down close to the cross guard so you can get a good grip at this point.

    Cons: The blade came unsharpened (it’s “sharp edge” is literally at right angles for about an eighth of an inch along it’s length) and the way it is currently ground it will take a lot of work to get a decent edge. While the hilt is solid, the cast brass cross guard is loose and doesn’t line up correctly with the blade (I did buy a second so this might be the fault). The sheath is good enough to provide a cover for storage or transportation but wouldn’t be much use for carry.

    Overall: If you are a Civil War re-enactor and have the experience to properly sharpen it and make a sheath this would be make for an interesting project item. If you interested in it for modern practical use you might be better served with kukri or machete. For it’s price it seems a very good deal so I am giving it a 4 star. If the price was set at the current (2021) suggested retail that would probably drop down to a 3 star.

  2. Ian Hall

    I bought on sale and might be worth for the price point, nice for re-enactors and the handle feels weighty and nice. Could definitely use as a shovel in a pinch. Could not use as a dagger in a pinch, intentionally dulled blade. With a decent belt sand setup you could get it deadly. The spine of the blade seemed slightly off parallel. 3/5.

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