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The Battle of the Somme commenced on the 1st July 1916. It finished on the 18th November 1916. During that period more than one million men were injured. The British Army suffered 60,000 casualties on the first day of the battle. The battlefield today is marked in some places by an almost continuous line of British cemeteries. The cemeteries are visited each year by large numbers of British and Commonwealth citizens. The battle itself has given rise to a number of associated images. One is the poppy. On the Somme and other areas of Northern France the poppy thrives on ground which as not been subjected to weedkillers. Another iconic image is the barbed wire and of course the mud.


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Rebated in to the walnut of a Lee Enfield rifle butt this is the 5 poppy coin issued by Jersey in 2012 to commemorate WW1. The middle piece has the words ‘lest we forget’. it comes boxed and with a letter on handmade paper telling you about the coin and the wood.  Price inclusive of UK postage 65


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Rebated into the walnut of a Lee Enfield rifle butt this is the small poppy version of the 5 coin issued by Jersey 2014. The middle section has the word ‘lest we forget’. These are fine pieces of Great War memorabilia. It comes with a letter on handmade paper telling you about the coin and the wood. Price inclusive of UK postage 65


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The Centenary of the Battle of the Somme is in 2016 and our Sheffield made folding knife commemorating the battle is now available. It’s grips are made from the walnut from Lee Enfield rifle butts - the rifle that the British Army and a number of allied armies carried with them when they went ‘over the top’ at the Battle of the Somme. The walnut was superseded by cheaper woods at the beginning of the Second World War. The blade is a carbon steel sheepsfoot blade of a pattern made and developed in Sheffield probably for several hundred years. It’s just the kind of Sheffield made rugged pocket knife in the same style that thousands of soldiers carried in their pockets as they went off to war. The Sheffield made folding knife comes with a letter on handmade paper telling you about the wood and the making of the knife. Price 49


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Using the Lee Enfield wood we have Sgian Dubhs on our sgain dubh page which you can reach by clicking on the image above. The sgian dubh is the traditional sock knife also called the Skean Dhu carried in to battle by Scottish regiments. Each sgian dubh comes in a red drawstring bag and a black gift box. The Lee Enfield sgian dubhs also come with a letter on handmade paper describing the wood and the making of the knife. The sgian dubhs are hand made in Sheffield and each comes with the traditional leather sheath. Click on the image above to see it. The sgian dubh also comes in other wood including 15th century oak. Each Sgian Dubh from the walnut of the Lee Enfield is different according to the curves of the rifle butt - rather than a mass produced import you are getting a unique item hand made in Sheffield and a worthwhile piece to keep and treasure. It’s a fitting reminder of Scotland military heritage. Hand made just as they always were from the home of British knife making in Sheffield this item perhaps above all the other items we sell epitomizes both Sheffield’s industrial past and our British heritage.


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Other items commemorating the Great War will appear on these pages from time to time. To view the knife without the engraving but with the Lee Enfield walnut click on the image above.


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