This knife was made from a broken bayonet. It's not terribly collectible, but you could get $200 for it.
- Fact 1: The 98/05 bayonet was introduced in 1905 to replace previous, heavy blades issued to engineers and frontier troops.
- Fact 2: The distinctive shape and inegrated sawblade of the 98/05 earned it the name "Butcher Blade" among Allied troops.
- Fact 3: Like many improvised combat knives, this blade was ground down from a broken piece of enemy equipment.
- Fact 4: Allied propaganda often cited the "terrible Hun hack saw butcher blades" as evidence of the bloodlust of the Germans. In fact, the blade was designed to cut through barbed wire and fence posts.
- Fact 5: The wide use of the 98/05 among German troops in WWI made it a popular souvenir for American soldiers, and a common antique today.