M-1880 Hunting Knife was designed for concurrent use with the
M- 1881 and the M-1888 Rod Bayonet Rifles also manufactured
at the Springfield Armory. The first 1002 knives were made
in 1881 and had iron guards. Subsequently another 9,000 or
10,000 were made with brass guards (records vary). In 1883,
the first 4,000 or 5,000 M-1880 Hunting Knives were made with
brass guards and another 5,000 were made in 1885.
Hunting Knives were serial numbered. The knife was used heavily
in western outposts, accounting for the wide distribution
and usually sharpened or pitted condition found by collectors.
The purposes of the knife included skinning game, digging shallow
trenches, and clearing brush.
this sought after knife are common, as are finding legitimate
ones with replacement
handles. Collectors should use