History of knives. The Fascine Knife in the 18th century
What is a Fascine knife?
A good example of a Fascine knife that may have been carried during the 18th century by a soldier is posted below. The Fascine knife was not only a tool used for cutting brush, sticks and small sized trees for strengthening trenches (making fascines) but was also easily used as a weapon.
These were made in different fashions some were very long straight back blades, others like the example below had a curved bill hook type blade and were often called "bill hook". Some were dramatically hooked even more than the picture posted below. Most of which were very stout larger sized blades ranging in length. Fascine knives were sometimes very wide as well with a protruding back edge (were the spine of the knife would be) or double edge at this portion of the blade to be used as extra cutting tool.
What is a Fascine?
Fascines were basically a bundle of wood lashed together. During ww1 fascine bundles were carried by tanks and used to fill an obstacle perhaps such as a trench so the tank could easily pass over the the trench without a problem.