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RARE, WW2 Era USMC Ribbed Alloy Hilt Variant Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Correct Scabbard. ED 2156 - ED 2156
An original WW2 era Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife with USMC ribbed alloy hilt. On page 139 of Flooks’ book ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’, the author describes the origins of this variant as being ‘mysterious’, no example being found with any inspection marks and the hilts being cast from alloy with ringed finishes, integral cross guard and a fillet on the underside of the guard similar to USMC stiletto daggers. This example has an undamaged ribbed cast alloy hilt with cross guard and correct underside fillet. It has a clean 170mm blade with medial ridge. As is usual with these knives there are no visible inspection marks. It is complete with original WW2 leather scabbard with integral belt loop with retaining strap and press stud fastener. The edges of the scabbard are correctly riveted and stitched as illustrated on page 140 of Flook’s book. All leather & stitching are intact. Price for this rare, unusual variant of FS knife with scabbard includes UK delivery. ED 2156
£595.00

RARE, Original, WW2 1st Pattern, Wilkinson, Fairbairn- Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Etched Panels & 1st Pattern Scabbard. Sn 13968 - 13968
The 1st Pattern FS fighting knife was introduced in 1940 and produced by Wilkinson Sword (see page 63 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). This is an original WW2 1st pattern, FS dagger and scabbard. The hilt is brass with nickel finish & knurled grip with a 2” oval wave cross guard. The ricasso is crisply marked by the manufacturer 'Wilkinson Sword London' & the reverse 'The FS Fighting Knife'. The etchings have just light surface wear consistent with age and service use. Its double edged dagger blade with medial ridge is razor sharp and measures 167mm in length (blade lengths of these FS knives vary as they were hand ground). It is complete with original 1st Pattern leather scabbard with nickel plated brass chape, integral belt loop with retaining strap and correct ‘Newey’ press stud fastener (see page 77 of Flook’s book). It retains its 4 sewn on leather tabs. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price for this rare 1st Pattern FS fighting knife & Scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 13968
£1,645.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD MINT, Cased 1941- 1991 Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary SAS Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 2nd Pattern FS Fighting Knife By Wilkinson Sword With Blued & Etched Blade. Sn 13924 - 13924
This near mint limited edition 2nd pattern FS Commando dagger was manufactured by Wilkinson Sword London to the same exacting standards of specification and detail as FS knives used during WW2 with the addition of a blued & etched blade. This knife was manufactured in 1991 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the Special Air Service in 1941. The full size knife measures 11 ¾” overall length. It has a beautiful blued blade etched on both sides. One side is etched with ‘Wilkinsion Sword ’ manufacturer's name and crossed swords legend together with QE II Royal Appointment and motto (illustrated). The reverse has scroll banners ‘The Special Air Service Regiment Golden Jubilee 1941-1991’ together with SAS winged dagger ‘Who Dares Wins’ badge. The brass 2nd pattern handle and cross guard have no damage or scuffs. The dagger is contained in its wooden case. The case has a hinged lid and clasp fastener. The inside of the case is lined with green felt & padded silk. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger and has elasticated retaining straps to keep the dagger securely in place. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13924
£0.00

RARE, ATTRIBUTED, WW2 Era Fairbairn Sykes 2nd Pattern FS Fighting Knife By Wilkinson Sword With Etched Panels & Blade Etched To 'Alden R Miller' & Scabbard. Sn 13921 - 13921
This is a rare variant, of the 2nd pattern FS fighting knife. 2nd Pattern FS knives were introduced in 1941 (see page 89-93 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). This example with rare to find etched panels and attributed blade marking has a clean, 174mm blade etched on both sides. One side is etched with decorative panel ‘The FS Fighting Knife’. The reverse has an etched panel with 'Wilkinson Sword, London' name and crossed swords legend. This side of the blade also has a central banner with name 'Alden R Miller' ( a private A. Miller served with No.1 Commando). It has a blackened brass hilt and oval cross guard. The dagger has its original brown leather scabbard with external brass chape, original 4 sewn on leather tabs and integral belt loop. As is common with these scabbards, the belt loop’s original elasticated retaining strap is absent. Price for this FS dagger worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 13921
£1,200.00

**SOLD**SOLD**MINT, WW2 British Soldier’s Private Purchase Southern & Richardson Sheffield F.S. Style Fighting Knife/Dagger & Scabbard. Sn 13855 - 13855
this is a near mint, WW2 private purchase F.S. style fighting knife/dagger and scabbard by Southern & Richardson Sheffield. This knife was a private purchase during WW2. An identical example is illustrated at page 179 item 12.2 in 'The Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife and Other Commando Knives' book by Ron Flook. The pommel and cross guard are brass. It has a compressed leather rings grip which is in excellent condition. The small brass cross guard is oval. The blade measures 167mm and it is 11 ¼” overall length. The pristine, polished blade is FS style with medial ridge and is etched on one side with the maker’s name Southern & Richardson Sheffield England below their trademark . The original scabbard in similar near mint condition dark brown leather and has an integral belt loop with retaining strap and press stud fastener. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13855
£0.00

WW2 2nd Pattern B2 WD Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. ED 2150 - ED 2150
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941 (see page 89-93 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). This is an excellent WW2 2nd pattern, B2, FS dagger and scabbard. The hilt is brass with knurled grip and an oval cross guard. The top of the cross guard is stamped with the correct 'B2' designation and a War Dept arrow. It has a 172mm long double edged blued blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original scabbard with external chape. As is common with these scabbards the elasticated retaining strap on the belt loop & its 4 sewn on leather tabs have been contemporarily removed. Price includes UK delivery. ED 2150
£645.00

MINT, Cased Wilkinson Sword Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 1st Pattern, 1st Type, FS Commando Dagger With Correct 1st Type 3" Cross Guard & Etched Panels Blade. Sn 13700 - 13700
WW2 1st pattern FS Commando fighting knives were initially produced in 1940 with large 3" cross guards but the cross guard size on 1st pattern's was soon reduced to 2" due the larger cross guards snagging on clothing. Many collectors doubted the existence of these 1st type 1st pattern knives as examples were rarely if ever seen, however, Ron Flook in his book The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives describes and illustrates correspondence produced by Wilkinson Sword dated 1941 which contains a request from the War Office to produce knives with 2" cross guards rather than 3" (see page 68 of Flook's book plate 5.8.) This superb 1st pattern FS Commando dagger with 1st type 3" cross guard was most likely produced in the 1990’s by Wilkinson Sword to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the FS Fighting Knife. The knife is in superb near mint condition. The ricasso is etched on one side with panel ‘Wilkinson Sword London’ together with crossed swords legend. The reverse has ‘The F-S Fighting Knife’ at the ricasso. The 1st Pattern nickel plated handle and cross guard retain their original finish. The dagger is contained in its original wooden box with hinged lid covered in green leatherette material. The case has clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined in green felt & white silk & is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The silk is emblazoned with the Wilkinson Sword name & Crossed Swords legend together with Queen Elizabeth II Royal Appointments all in Gold. Price for this excellent commemorative piece includes UK delivery. Sn 13700
£675.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY) RARE, Original WW2 Free Polish Forces, Airborne/ Commando, Smooth Handle, Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With Scabbard. Sn 13701 - 13701
An original smooth hilted Polish Airborne Forces Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife. This variant of FS fighting knife is believed to have been commissioned by Members of the Polish Airborne Forces exiled in this country during the war (see page 99 item 495 of Fighting Knives By Frederick Stephens). Page 72, plate 163 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives by Flook illustrates one of these fighting knives which are described as rare. Flook comments that these variants of FS dagger were also acquired as private purchase weapons by Polish Free Forces. It has an undamaged smooth blackened alloy handle with a blackened blade. It has a straight oval steel cross guard stamped ‘B4’. It is complete with original leather scabbard with 4 sewn on leather tabs, external brass chape and single belt loop with elasticated retaining strap. All leather & stitching are intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13701
£0.00

RARE, THE ACTUAL KNIFE REFERENCED BY RON FLOOK IN HIS FS FIGHTING KNIVES BOOK, Hand Forged Tom Beasley Fairbairn Sykes 2nd Pattern FS Fighting Knife By Wilkinson With Etched Blade 'Pamela Rome' & 'Commando Fighting Knife World War 1939-45' With Scabbard - 13407
This is an excellent, rare variant, of the 2nd pattern FS fighting knife. The ‘famous swordsmith’ Tom Beasely made FS knives with personalised panels. An example of a Beasley FS knife with etched panels and banner containing the name ‘Pamela Rose’ is referenced on page 183 of Ron Flooks book ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’ where he states ‘An example of a 2nd pattern hilt by Beasley has been noted with a named etched panel Pamela Rose’. This is no doubt the knife referenced by Flook. Its 171mm blade is beautifully etched & blue on both sides. One side has a banner etched ' Hand Forged by Tom Beasley The Famous Sword Smith Of Stalingrad Fame'. The reverse is etched with decorative panels containing 'Wilkinson Sword, London' name and crossed swords legend together Royal Appointment, also 'Commando Fighting Knife World War 1939-45' and central banner with name 'Pamela Rome' (all illustrated). The handle and cross guard retain their original finish. The dagger has its original brown leather scabbard with brass throat mount and chape. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13407
£1,675.00

RARE, Original, WW2 1st Pattern, Wilkinson, Fairbairn- Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Etched Panels & 1st Pattern Scabbard. Sn 13357 - 13357
The 1st Pattern FS fighting knife was introduced in 1940 and produced by Wilkinson Sword (see page 63 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & other Commando Knives By Flook). This is an original WW2 1st pattern, FS dagger and scabbard. The hilt is brass with nickel finish & knurled grip with a 2” oval wave cross guard. The ricasso is marked by the manufacturer 'Wilkinson Sword London' & the reverse 'The FS Fighting Knife'. The etchings have light surface wear consistent with age and service use. Its double edged dagger blade with medial ridge is razor sharp and measures 166mm in length (blade lengths of these FS knives vary as they were hand ground). It is complete with original 1st Pattern leather scabbard with nickel plated brass chape, integral belt loop with retaining strap and correct ‘Newey’ press stud fastener (see page 77 of Flook’s book). It retains its 4 sewn on leather tabs. The price for this rare 1st Pattern FS fighting knife & Scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 13357
£1,695.00
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