WWI BRITISH WELSH KNIFE.
Without doubt the rarest of any fighting knife, sword or bayonet of WWI being the famous Welsh knife. The knife with its 50cm leaf shaped blade with broad central ridge, a circular hand guard, which is ridged. The knife was designed in 1916 by the sculptor and armourer Felix Joubert and patented by him as a new or improved trench knife. It is presumed it based on an ancient Welsh weapon. An unknown but very limited number of Welsh knives were manufactured by the Wilkinson Sword Company at the request of Lord Howard De Walden. De Walden had the knife issued to the 9th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers with whom he was serving as a Major. The blade’s body inscription ‘Dros Urddas Cymru’ (For the honour of Wales). Our example is in excellent condition, the blade having some sharpening edges but still retaining its leaf shaped form. Below the Welsh inscription is the initials of the designer and on the reverse side the name ‘Joubert’ is stamped into the flat section of the upper part of the blade. All of the string wrapping to the hilt is complete with its original thicker string wrist strap. The knife is fitted into its totally original scabbard, constructed of leather and herringbone twill binding cloth. The example shown on the Imperial War Museum’s website illustrating its own example, does not have the bottom leather chape.