Hacksaw blades enabled an escaper or evader to cut through window bars, bolts, chains etc. They were included within escape kits, map/money purses as well as being hidden in everyday objects and games that could be sent into prisoner of war camps. Numerous styles and sizes were produced, this one is approximately 4"/10cm in length x 0.5"/12mm. It has a double edged blade and tapers at one end. Many blades were packaged within card, waxed paper or rubber to keep them sharp and corrosion free, ready for use when needed. This one is in very good condition with light surface corrosion. Stock code E23089.