Civil War era and type considered to be Confederate, made in response to the Confederate Government's offer to purchase all such knives. That offer was based on the concept that lacking large scale industrialization, such knives were probably the most useful weapons which could be produced by the populous, and thousands were produced. Genuine American example. (Many weapons on the market offered under this description, are in fact, Filipino.) 11 3/8" blade showing unskilled workmanship including transverse lamination resulting from insufficient forging heat. Thick iron guard and wood scale grips, matching in color with slightly different grain, probably as made. What it lacks in quality, it more than makes up for in character.