Object Title

Knife and sheath

Knife and sheath



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Handed over to the Royal Armouries' ownership after Police Amnesty of 1988.

Physical Description

The handle consists of a pair of horn scales secured to the tang by three brass rivets and a straight cross-guard.

The straight, single-edged blade has a false edge for the final 2 1/2 in. (64 mm). The inside face is etched against a frosted background with the motto 'NEVER DRAW ME / WITHOUT REASON NOR SHEATH ME / WITHOUT HONOUR' surrounded by scrolling foliage. See 'Marks' below for maker's name on the ricasso.

The brown leather sheath has a separate leather suspension strap stitched on the outside (i.e. opposite the seam side) for belt suspension.


Dimensions: Overall length : 256 mm (10 1/8 in), Blade length: 152.5 mm (6 in), Sheath length: 155 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on ricasso, on inside, stamped: EDWARD / PEARCE & CO / SHEFFIELD.