The purpose of this Collector Note is to explore the broad range of (primarily) ‘sportsman’s knives’
that were produced in Sheffield during the late 19th century and early 20th century to identify those
that may be regarded as ‘private purchase’ knives suitable for wartime use by military personnel,
predominantly military officers.
The following photos show examples of the range of clasp knives that have some or all of the
characteristics that would define a “private purchase military clasp knife”. All knives depicted in this
Collector Note are from the author’s collection (see Appendix 4.) unless otherwise acknowledged.