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2nd Boer War clasp knife? 2 months 2 weeks ago #79563

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I've recently acquired a clasp knife from an antique store because of how much it resembles the World War clasp knives I've seen in the past. I noticed that the handle appeared to have been made of horn or bone which I've heard is used on the Boer war knifes. The only markings on the knife are on the blade and they are "ENGLAND" and on the other side of the blade it reads "JOHNSON WESTERN WORKS" and "C.J". If anyone has any information on Boer War clasp knives I'd greatly appreciate it.

Here are some pictures of the knife and of a Canadian soldier wearing a clasp knife:

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It looks just like the knife I was issued when I joined up in 1965......

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Thank you for that list of equipment, very interesting and useful for future projects! And yes this clasp knife design I've noticed seems to have been in use for several years (I own a reproduction WW2 varient and they look very similar) main difference that I noticed with this knife though is that it doesn't have a can opener like most other varients and the handle is made from bone or horn where as the others usually seem to be plastic or metal grips. Thanks again for the list!

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The one that I was issued was the Navy (RCN) version...... Black Diamond Handle with just 1 blade and marlin spike..... The Army (Cavalry) ones that I have seen have a diamond shaped hoof pick (what I was told) Blade and Marlin spike.....

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