6353/1905 pattern clasp knife

A Pattern 6353/1905 knife dating from 1914-1930. The main spear blade is the worse for wear; having been sharpened quite a bit. While the blade seems short for the frame, however, even when full bladed spear point blades in this pattern seem short. A full blade should have a 3 1/2 cutting edge from "kick to point" and be 11/16 inches wide. The blade and other metal parts shows typical pitting from a life of heavy use; possibly even a stint in the trenches of World War I -- but more likely a tour during the interim years and maybe a life at sea during World War II.

The knife’s tang marks are barely visible. While the manufacturer's name is obscured, it appears to be made by Joseph Westby. Place of manufacture is clearly shown as Sheffield.

The scales are jigged wood and are somewhat soft with age. They show signs of shrinkage and separation from the liners. Originally the specifications called for horn handles but this requirement was quickly dropped and wood and synthetic materials being accepted during WWI as war time expedients. After the War, synthetics continued to be used and accepted by the Navy.

The bail or "shackle" as described in official literature is made of 11 gauge copper wire. It remains in great shape with only minor scrapes and little or no greening..

Despite the wear of the main blade and other small short-comings the blade and spike opens and closes smoothly and have a good snap. The tin cutter is a real nail breaker to open partly due to the design of the knife and also to disuse. The tin cutter actually appears to have seen very little use. All in the entire knife is in fair condition. Not too shabby for a military veteran that is between 70-100 years old.

6353/1905 clasp knife


6353/1905 clasp knife

Pattern: 6353/1905
Origins: British Empire
Manufacturer: Joseph Westby (?)
Country: Sheffield, England
Closed Length: 4 7/8 inches
Blades: 3
       1)  Spear: 3 1/2 inches
       2) Marlin Spike  4 inches
       3) Punch Blade 1 5/8 inches
Blade Steel: Carbon steel
Handle: Synthetic.
Shield: none
Pins: Carbon steel
Lining: Carbon steel
Bail: Carbon steel
Bolsters: Carbon steel