SOE and OSS Escape Knife

 
These photos were generously provided to the Multi-Tool Museum by S.L. of the UK.

During World War II, the "escape knife" was used by Special Operations, Executive (SOE) and Office of Strategic Services (OSS) for the purposes of escape and evasion. A drop point blade, three hacksaw blades, and a tin opener are housed in one handle of the wire cutter.  A screwdriver is built into one end of the handle (opposite the wire cutter).  The "escape knife" was modeled after Victorian knives manufactured by Joseph Rodgers & Sons (see also the Joseph Rodgers & Sons Military Wire Cutter Knife).  A beautifully preserved example of the "escape knife" is shown in Pocket Knives of the United States Military (page 78).  Sketches of several variations of the knife (No 1 through No 5) are shown in U.S. Military Knives, Bayonets and Machetes Book III by MH Cole (p 158-159):

(No 1) Prototype: Manufactured from parts.  All other examples have a screwdriver on the end of the handle.
(No 2) Factory pattern
(No 3) Experimental knife: Plastic handle.
(No 4) Trial knife: All blue except the cutting blade.
(No 5) Issue knife: All blue, unmarked.

References:
Pocket Knives of the United States Military, p. 77-78
U.S. Military Knives, Bayonets and Machetes Book III, p. 158-159
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