I volunteer for the R.I. Bong Veterans Historical Center and am working on a D-Day Normandy paratrooper exhibit. I have a reproduction WWI M1918 L.F.&C trench knife that I have noted in photos as being carried by some paratroopers. These knives were often carried in M8 scabbards (for the M3 knife often carried strapped to the lower right leg). In an attempt to make the M1918 fit the scabbard, I have ground down the width of the blade to approximately 20mm which approximates the width of the M3 knife yet the M1918 L.F.&C still doesn't fit. About 1 inch of the blade is unsheathed. To me the thickness of the M1918 is approximately the same thickness of the M3. Does anyone know what the problem is? Is it the thickness of the blade?
Edited by JJSchwartz, 13 September 2018 - 08:26 AM.