Kershaw Trooper – And other Hattori Daggers

The most well known Daggers made by Hattori are likely to be the Kershaw Model 1007 Trooper and the smaller Special Agent.

Trooper1 Trooper 1007

The Trooper model 1007 was introduced in 1978 and produced continuously until 2009. It is the only Kershaw Knife that was serial numbered throughout it’s entire production. The overall length was 9 3/8″ and blade length 5 1/4″. The blade was double edged Aus8 mirror polished with a stainless steel pommel and guard. The handle was close grained ebony hardwood. When it was first introduced it had no fuller,  but one was added sometime in very early 1980.

Trooper1 Very early Trooper

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The Trooper was sold in a presentation case, with leather sheath and Certificate of Authenticity dated and signed by Peter Kershaw.

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The Special Agent was a smaller version with an overall length of 8 1/2″, a blade length of 4 1/4″.

Hattori also made the Fang series of daggers for Al Mar Knives.

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The Fang II was the larger with an overall length of 10″ and a Aus8 blade of 5 1/4″, brass guard and wood handle.

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The Fang I was the smaller boot knife with a 6 3/4″ overall length and a 3 1/2″ blade. While not often seen now there were some variants using ivory/white micarta and sometimes very handsome engraving work.

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The most readily identifiable Hattori daggers are the two models made for Beretta. Both were sold with serial numbers, Pietro Beretta logo engravings and presentation cases.

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The Beretta Daggers were offered in the Large and Small sizes. They were offered is a commemorative box with logo engraved, and also without.

Beretta-knives-014 Beretta daggers

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The Beretta models were later made under Hattori’s brand:

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HATTORI983B300 H983B

9 3/8″ overall, 5 1/8″ blade Aus8

HATTORI983A1300 H938A

7 1/4″ overall 3 11/16″ blade Aus8

HATTORIULTRABK H983 Ultra Dagger 9 1/2″ overall 5 1/8″ blade in Aus8

R: 148 G: 255 B: 184 X:43796 Y: 0 S: 0 Z: 20 F: 278

R: 153 G: 255 B: 180 X:43796 Y:19912 S: 0 Z: 20 F: 334

R: 149 G: 255 B: 182 X:43796 Y:19912 S: 0 Z: 20 F: 284

 

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A currently produced boot knife/dagger is the Fallkniven G1 Garm.

garm10 With early sheath

SWEDG1N Current sheath

The G1 has an overall length of 7 1/2″ and a solid VG10 blade RC 59 blackened with Ceracoat 8H of 3 1/2″ length.

The largest dagger by far is the Cold Steel Taipan in Sanmai III laminate, with a VG1 core and 420j2 sides produced from 2006 to 2015.

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14 thoughts on “Kershaw Trooper – And other Hattori Daggers”

    1. According to Kershaw every Trooper 1007 sold in the U.S. market was serial numbered.
      However a number of Troopers have been reported without serial numbers. Either a few were
      imported into the U.S. at an early stage before the serial numbering, or they were shipped to non-U.S.markets.
      To date I have never seen or heard of a counterfeit/fake Trooper. There was a dagger which closely resembled the Trooper sold under the brand name “Jaws” and model 712 but most of these have no country of origin, but some do have “Taiwan” on them suggesting that they are just a copy.

  1. Hi can you please tell me more about the Kershaw, by Kai Japan. Special Agent knife. I bought mine 30 years ago and still have it. I’m from South Africa

  2. Kershaw Special Agent made by Kai Japan. Can you possibly give me an idea of what it is worth. The knife is 30 years old. Thank you.

    1. The Kershaw Special Agent was made by Hattori concurrently with the larger 1007 Trooper. The resale value depends mostly on it’s condition as the
      handle is painted and often there are visible wear marks. A used Special Agent sells for about USD 100 +/- and a very good condition collectable grade one can sell for USD 200 or more. Issues like the original sheath, box, etc all make a difference.
      I would suggest going on ebay and looking up Kershaw Special Agent, as well as using words like “boot knife” and “dagger” to see what is being asked. Then run the same search with the “SOLD” box in the left column checked off to really see what you could get.

  3. How much would you guess the serial number 0000 trooper would be worth? I so happen to have come across it and am wondering.

    1. Troopers generally go for between $250 to $300, assuming clean shape, complete box, papers, sheath, Pete Kershaw signed COA, engraving plate. If you have a Serial 0000 that’s complete it’s probably worth at least the higher end to a collector. I assume it has no fuller.

    1. Jaws is brand name used by Taiwan made clones of the Kershaw Trooper and Special Agent.
      They are not as valuable as the authentic Kershaw models.

  4. I have a Kershaw boot knife/dagger that has – (1002 Japan) on the one side and (Oregon USA) on the other side , its said to be pre-1982 version of the Special agent ? Is this also a Hattori one ?

  5. I live in Perth, Western Australia, and I bought my Kershaw Trooper from my Snap on Tools dealer. Snap on have re-badged several Kershaw knives over the years.
    The serial number on mine is 19494, and dated July 1991, according to the COA. I used to carry it when I would go hunting for feral goats, and kangaroos. I liked that, although it was a boot knife, that I could wear it on a belt, and that it would tuck in tight, maintaining a very low profile, which was ideal for vehicle mounted operations.

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