Dagger with leather sheath : Lieutenant Colonel A F P Lukyn, 3 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment

Place Asia: Korea
Accession Number REL34157
Collection type Technology
Object type Edged weapon or club
Physical description Aluminium; Leather; Steel
Maker Unknown
Place made Japan
Date made Unknown
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953
British Commonwealth Occupation Force, 1946-1952 (Japan)

The dagger has a double edged spear point blade made from high carbon content steel. The blade has the original edge and has not been sharpened. The hilt has a tang which has brass, aluminium and lacquer impregnated leather washers attached to it to form the grip. The grip follows a CASE pattern style. A square, brass, flat head pommel is attached to the rear of the tang by crimping and can be used as a hammer. The crossguard is made from aluminium and has been hand shaped and polished. The knife has been manufactured by cottage industry methods, and has no markings. The brown leather scabbard is made from pig skin and has been single stitched using rope yarn. A brass emblem featuring a ship's anchor is attached near the top of the locket.

History / Summary

It is possible that the blade of this dagger has been made from an old Japanese spear point. It was obtained by Major A F P Lukyn while in Japan and is presumed to have been used during his service with either 67 Battalion (BCOF) or 3 Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment. Archibald Frederick Philip Lukyn was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1913 and was a Lieutenant serving with 48 Infantry Battalion (Militia) at the outbreak of the Second World War. During that conflict he served with 2/27 Battalion, 48 Infantry Battalion (Militia) and 27 Infantry Battalion (Militia) . In October 1945 he joined 67 Battalion and served with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) in Japan. He later served with 3 RAR in Korea, seeing action at Maryang San. He received his Certificate of Termination of an Officer in August 1960.