BEFORE YOU CAN SAY KNIFE…
This here is a fighting knife. It might look bruised and worn out, but don’t let that fool you! Epic Armoury’s Battleworn Trench Knife is a latex-hybrid single-edged knife with an intricate knuckleduster handle. In length it resembles a small sword richly detailed with traces of wear like rust and notches. The knife is 60 cm long and has a 40 cm curved blade inspired by weapons of the First World War. The elaborate crossguard curves around the hand, providing a comfortable and protective grip for each individual finger, but also good for close quarter fighting where a punch might be just as effective as a slash. The 11 cm handle is casted and painted to look like real wood with metal embellishments.
Whether you are a ruffian, a marred soldier or a post apocalyptic warrior, this Battleworn Trench Knife is our highest quality gear due to its impressive durability and detail. The blade is made from closed cell foam around a fibreglass core and finished with a strong latex coating, while the handle is a polyurethane foam cast that allows for greater detail and no maintenance. Whenever you are going for a worn and distressed look for your LARP character, this hybrid model sword will make you confident in the safety and appeal of your weapon on the battlefield.
- Style of knife was developed during the First World War to incapacitate soldiers in close quarters
- Some of the earliest knuckleduster styled knives were issued by the US Army during WWI, including the 1917 and 1918 Mark I trench knives
- Blade has a strong latex coating with a round fibreglass core
- Strong Kevlar core tip protection
- Blade is made from durable closed cell foam that does not shred
- Handle is a polyurethane foam cast, giving it more detail with no maintenance!
- Handle is very durable, will last longer than a latex version, and is less slippery than a silicone treated alternative
- Handle is wrapped in leather for comfort, requiring some maintenance
- High safety, approved by the top organizations
This hybrid weapon’s polyurethane handle does not require any special maintenance. The leather wrapped around the grip does require leather care.
Leather Grip Care
Natural leather products are very durable, but require regular maintenance with leather care products to stay flexible and to increase life-time. Make sure your leather products are kept dry when stored. Let wet leather dry naturally before treating. If frequently wet and dry, increase frequency of maintenance.
Clean by removing dirt with a hard brush, then gently rub on leather soap with a clean, damp cloth until the leather appears clean. Remove soap with a separate damp cloth to wipe away any soap residue and then use a dry cloth to wipe away any remaining water from the leather.
You should always condition leather after cleaning, since the soap will have removed some of its natural oils. Treat the leather with mink oil, olive oil, or beeswax polish with a clean cloth, gently rubbing a small amount of oil or polish in circles into the leather. Allow the leather to soak in the oil before wiping the leather with a final clean cloth to remove any excess residue.
Latex Blade Care
This LARP weapon’s blade has a latex coating which needs a certain degree of maintenance. For this we recommend using maintenance silicone, which can be purchased separately in the LARP Accessories section. Epic Armoury Maintenance Silicone is an easy, spray-on application, 100% pure and acid-free making it safe to apply. We recommend using Maintenance Silicone on a regular basis, taking care not to apply the spray to the handle by first wrapping it in plastic-wrap. It maintains the latex-coat’s flexibility and prevents it from drying out, keeping the product wear and tear resistant.
Store your weapon flat or on its pommel--NEVER on its tip. Use a simple sheet or towel lining to prevent it from touching a plastic or rubber surface to prevent your weapon from adhering to other products. Keep your weapon in a cool, dry environment.