These knives were issued to Special Forces during WW2.
They were manufactured in Australia and New Zealand. I am not yet sure of the extent of use of the NZ knives by Australian Special Forces.
Known Australian Manufacturers:
Greg Steel in Melbourne.
There are several unmarked versions.
Total production of these knives is not known.
The Australian Knuckle Knives were made with both Mazak (Die Cast) and Brass grips. There were several different patterns.
They were issued with a leather sheath with a security strap to hold the knife securely in place.
The knives shown below have been attributed by earlier researchers as to be of Australian origin. The maker has not been identified. So far I have not been able to prove or disprove this belief. I would be very interested to hear from anyone who may have information on these knives. Please and let me know.
Knuckle Knives were also used in Korea.
The image below shows a group of Australian Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), resting and trying to keep warm by a fire. Scattered around them is some of their equipment. To the left hand side of the soldier in the centre of the image is a knuckle knife. Apparently within easy reach if he needs to grab it. These soldiers appear to be well rugged up against the cold.
The knife shown in the photo above may have been a knife known as the Everett Pattern. Knuckle Knives marked Everett were made in small quantities in the US during WW2. The maker has not been identified. Some researchers suspect that knuckle knives based on the Everett pattern were made in Australia during WW2. So far I have not been able to prove or disprove this belief. I would be very interested to hear from anyone who may have information on these knives. Please and let me know.