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    1956 Polish Fighting Knife

    I've been looking for a good one for some time now, and finally snagged this a few weeks ago. made in 1956 at the Polish Radom factory, these were supposedly issued to Paratroopers. This example is brand spanking new, and still has cosmoline on the blade. If anyone has one of these used or new, post some pics.




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    Very nice

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    I have exactly like that one. It is tucked away in storage right now so sorry no pics. Same condition and year got it about 10 years ago.

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    Never ever heard of these

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    I have one also. I also need the version with the small metal tag on back of hanger. I Think marked 1955.

    Plus its brother the actual paratroopers with the blunt tip, also having some slight variations as well. Must have Polish mil collectables for sure.

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    Such pattern knives were/are also in use in a special unit of the polish border protection force, also, the police, and, were manufacturded in 1955, 1956, and, 1957.

    Heres an NŻ STURMOWY "Wz.55.", showing the rivited hanger/"frog".

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    One should note that leather hangers for these fighting knives are similar to, but different from, the Polish AK47 bayonets from the same time period. According to Polish authorities on the subject, the hilt loop on the knife hanger is lower and wraps around the hilt just above the narrow cross guard. The hilt loop on the bayonet hanger is considerably higher due to the much wider cross guard that contains the bayonet locking mechanism. The hanger pictured in JoeMamma's original post is correct for the knife. The hanger in the last pictures above is for the bayonet and is incorrect for the knife. Note that the higher hilt strap is pulled too tight because of the palm swell on the knife. The hilt on the bayonet has straight narrower sides. More comparison pictures of the different hangers on request.


    Just say'in ......... small technical issue observation.... for analytical members. Unique knives! Great info and pictures! M.
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    Thx. for comment, and, input !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. B. View Post
    One should note that leather hangers for these fighting knives are similar to, but different from, the Polish AK47 bayonets from the same time period. According to Polish authorities on the subject, the hilt loop on the knife hanger is lower and wraps around the hilt just above the narrow cross guard. ...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    I have one also. I also need the version with the small metal tag on back of hanger. I Think marked 1955.

    Plus its brother the actual paratroopers with the blunt tip, also having some slight variations as well. Must have Polish mil collectables for sure.
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    Airborne riggers knife?
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    Yep the metal tagged one I was talking about. Now someone needs to post pic of the wz69 demolition knife which is also automatic knife. I picked up a nice one last year with fully intact fire starting flint material. If I could only find manual for it now. Nice stuff!

    Yep the blunt tip is basically riggers knife. Man this is turning out to be great thread!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    ... Now someone needs to post pic of the wz69 demolition knife which is also automatic knife. ...
    The wz.69. is a really impressive knive, far away from an common pocket knife !

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