Museum gets sharp donation

WESTVILLE — The Pictou County Military Museum has received a donation of an updated model of the Devils Brigade combat knife. Jonathon MacKay, a county resident and frequenter of the museum, made a connection with Case, the maker of the updated knife, to make the donation happen.

Exactly 75 years after the original knife had been made, Vincent Joyce of the museum accepted the Case Besh Wedge, a remake of the popular combat dagger that was originally crafted for the first military special forces squadron, the Devils Brigade.

“It’s funny that 75 years later we have the original design and the new knife (at the museum)” said Joyce. The knife was donated by the creator of the knife, Brent Beshara, who MacKay connected to the museum.

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“He gave this out of his own private collection,” Joyce said, noting that it was from the first production run of the knives.

“Well, this is something, for this guy to donate one out of his private collection.”

Joyce noted that before MacKay connected him to Beshara he had never heard of the company or that the once popular knife had been remade. He also noted that when Beshara recreated the traditional knife that he redesigned the blade into a chisel tip to prevent the tip from breaking off, such as the older style had sometimes been known to do.

“Now we have an original and one of the first made,” Joyce said.

Vince Joyce of the Pictou County Military Museum accepting the Case Besh Wedge Combat Dagger from Jonathon and Jennifer MacKay of Glenelm Consulting on behalf of Brent Beshara (designer) of Besh Knives ( (Brimicombe photo)

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Heather Brimicombe
Heather Brimicombe is a Pictou County native and graduate from the University of King's College in Halifax with a Bachelor of Journalism Honours degree as well as a combined major in Sustainability. She has previously won a Canadian Communities Newspapers award for a multimedia feature and was part of a team nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalism data award in the investigative category. Photography, art, sports and outdoor activities are all hobbies of hers as well as crafting, and baking.