I was contacted by one of my returning customers with a special request. He wanted me to design a Trench knife for his SHTF kit. 

21st century custom trench knife
US Mk 1 Trench Knife U.S. 1918, L F & C 1918

 A trench knife is a combat knife designed to incapacitate an enemy at close quarters, such as in a trench or other confined area. It was developed as a close combat weapon for soldiers attacking enemy trenches during the First World War.

The customer is a practitioner of the pikal (reverse grip and edge in) technique, so I considered that his new trench knife had to suit to this knife fighting style.

Most trench knives have an integrated knuckle guard made of metal (steel or brass):

Knuckle duster skull crusher guard trench knife

Since I was to review the whole trench knife concept from scratch, I wanted to upgrade this part of the fighting knife. The integrated knuckle duster / skull crusher would allow small circle movements in (even closer) Close-quarters combat (CQC) and grappling situations. The new knuckle duster / guard and skull crusher pommel should be able to cause major damage while containing its dimensions.

This is the final result: a custom made compact pikal / reverse grip combat knife with an integrated knuckle duster small guard for CQC situations:

custom pikal knife

The "horns" on the hand guard act as two micro karambits in grappling / close-quarters combat situations:

Eds Manifesto pikal knife

I went ahead with the design and decided to make a second trench knife, more loyal to the traditional design, generally with a straight double edge / dagger blade. I used the DAK dagger design as a base for the second trench knife:

Marines soldiers combat dagger DAK

I adjusted the new knuckle duster guard design to the DAK and this is the final result:

Custom made Trench knife 8670 steel

Double edge custom dagger

Both Bladetricks Trench knives come with a robust modular kydex sheath:

Custom Kydex sheath knife


(All my blades can be customized to tailor customer's needs)

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