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Posted 5 years ago


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I found this at an auction a few years back, and thought I was getting an unknown manufacturer bullet. Of course as you can see, (no thanks to my blurry pics), it's a small trench art knife. Probably WW1, but I don't know as there are no marks on it. The headstamp contains 3 small dashes and no other marks unless they have been erased over the years.


  1. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Nice item majestic.

    Probably a letter opener. What size is it?

  2. gundoc1, 5 years ago
    I have a large bunch of WW2 ammo with a lot of Jap ammo in 6.5 mm,& 7.7, they are all like yours with 3 marks that crimp the primer in. Yours looks like a 7.7Jap from WW2.
  3. mrmajestic1 mrmajestic1, 5 years ago
    Thanks everyone!
    I doubt that this is a letter opener simply because of the size, it's only 2" long total and the blade is only 1 5/16" long. That doesn't rule out it being an opener. The blade is surprisingly sharp.
    I've seen so0me 77Jap headstamps which resemble this but not quite right in small ways. Still, I just don't know.
  4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    The 3 point crimp is common on military ammo & add another step if reloading. If a primer were to blow. the gasses can come around the firing pin & possibly hit the firer in the face. All U.S. ammo I have seen have a more flat crimp instead of a round punch mark.
  5. mrmajestic1 mrmajestic1, 5 years ago
    Thank you kerry10, collector4 and blunderbuss. And thanks for the comments.

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