The Böker Grabendolch (trench knife) is a reproduction of the original 1915 trench knife issued to the Kaiserlichisches Heer, German Imperial Army, which was designed and manufactured by none other than Heinrich Boker & Co. Solingen, armourers to the Kaiser and Hitler. For some reason Böker forgot to put that on their advertising — can’t think why. Anyhow, a mint condition WWI Böker Grabendolch is hard to come by so if you’re interested in owning a modern reproduction, you can’t do better than the company that made the original. This isn’t a Paul Chen replica with a balsa wood handle and tin blade, this is the genuine article. It’s 0.75% Carbon Steel blade.
Böker have also put out the Grabendolch with a micarta handle, partial serrated edge and a cordura sheath. Obviously with the intent of it being used as a combat knife. I own the wooden handled original version because I wanted it as a collectors piece and at 143mm, it’s a little short for a combat knife in my opinion. There are definitely better combat knives but it’s not a bad design and to be fair I’d rather be carrying that than the Eickhorn KM200, the German army current combat knife, or the Fairbairn-Sykes Commando knife that I’ve also got in my collection of vintage knives that I’m never going to use.