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Original, Early Post WW2 1946-1949, Private Purchase Tom Beasley Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife By Wilkinson With Etched Wilkinson Panel, ‘EGM’ & Original Scabbard. Sn 15886 - 15886
Tom Beasley was Wilkinson Sword's master Swordsmith. One of his outstanding creations was the blade for the sword which Britain presented to the people of the City of Stalingrad in commemoration of the City's defence against the Nazis. These sought after Tom Beasley knives were made between 1946-1949 and are thought to be advertising & private purchase pieces for Wilkinson sword who undertook a sales drive in the early post war years. This is an excellent original hand drawn Tom Beasley FS Knife with correct original scabbard (see page 182 & 183 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives by Flook). The knife is in excellent condition. Its blade is beautifully etched on both sides. One side has a banner with Monogram ‘EGM’ within banner. The reverse is etched with decorative panels containing 'Wilkinson Sword, London' name and crossed swords legend together Royal Appointment. The orange hue Ivorine handle is undamaged. The dagger has its original brown leather scabbard with brass throat mount and chape. The price for this excellent piece includes UK delivery. Sn 15886
£975.00

RARE, 1 OF ONLY 10,000, WW2 & Post War Bay Of Pigs Invasion, Sterile, Landers, Frary and Clark, U.S. Office Of Strategic Command (O.S.S. Special Forces) Stiletto Fighting Knife (Fairbairn Sykes 2nd Pattern FS) & Correct Original Pancake Flipper Scabbard. - 15828
The OSS stiletto is listed in the OSS weapons catalogue produced in June 1944. The knives based on the British FS 2nd pattern dagger were made by the American cutlers Landers, Frary and Clark who supplied 10,000 stilettos and scabbards to the OSS. The knives were used by the OSS during WW2 who co-ordinated espionage activities behind enemy lines and required specialised weaponry for the high operational risk of close combat encounters. Their stock of knives were inherited by the American CIA post WW2 and were reportedly issued to personnel involved in the Bay of Pigs Invasion (see pages 218 – 222 of Flook’s book ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & other Commando Knives’). Connecticut based housewares company Landers, Frary and Clark was well placed to employ its extensive manufacturing capabilities towards the OSS contract. Production began in June 1942. As a measure of wartime austerity, the company used the same stamping tool for their household spatula to make the steel scabbard back. This is still known today amongst the military knife collector community as the "pancake flipper” scabbard. This is an excellent original example of the WW2 OSS Stilletto, fighting knife. It has the correct knurled brass handle (only different from the British 2nd pattern FS in that the knurling on the hilt extends full length to the cross guard on the American version). It has the correct steel cross guard and 170mm double edged blade with medial ridge which is typically slimmer than the FS 2nd pattern. As is normal with special forces equipment there are no manufacturer or unit marks on the stiletto or its scabbard. The stiletto’s leather scabbard with stitched seam is mounted with the correct original green painted pancake flipper steel frame. The flipper section which acts as a belt bar has a small blob of black residue which appears to be the remains of a melted plastic strap which would not have been issued with the scabbard in its original form. The price for this rare OSS piece includes UK delivery. Sn 15828
£1,275.00

SOLD SOLD (26/11) Original, WW2 1st Pattern, Wilkinson, Fairbairn- Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Double Etched Panels & 1st Pattern Scabbard. ED 884 - ED 884
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 with original 1st pattern scabbard. The hilt is brass with original nickel finish & knurled grip with correct 2” oval wave cross guard. The ricasso is crisply marked by the manufacturer 'Wilkinson Sword London' & the reverse 'The FS Fighting Knife'. Its double edged dagger blade with medial ridge measures 158mm in length (blade lengths of these FS knives vary as they were hand ground). The blade has just staining consistent with age. It is complete with original 1st Pattern leather scabbard with nickel plated brass chape, integral belt loop with retaining strap. The male and female correct ‘Newey’ press stud fasteners are present but part of the retaining strap which holds the male stud has perished. This could easily be repaired. All other leather & stitching are intact but has service wear to be expected. The price for this rare 1st Pattern FS fighting knife & scabbard includes UK delivery. ED 884
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (14/11) RARE, Post WW2 British Royal Marines Commando 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With No.2 Mould Mark, Stores Mark FR693 & Scabbard With Stores Mark FR271. Sn 15827 - 15827
An excellent original Post WW2 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS fighting knife. The 3rd pattern knife was introduced in 1942 (see page 61 & 62 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives By Flook). These knives were continued to be made Post War. This example is similar to one illustrated on page 78 plate 174 of Flook’s book British & Commonwealth Military knives. On page 76 of the same book Flook describes how only one example of an FS dagger as shown on plate 174, bearing the stores code ‘FR693’ being seen previously and that one rests at Pattern Room Collection. Our example has an undamaged ribbed and blued alloy handle with original finish. The hilt is stamped ‘FR693’ and has a No.2 mould mark. The knife has the correct blued oval cross guard and a 172mm blued double edged blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original leather scabbard with external chape and single belt loop. It retains its 4 leather sewn on tabs and elasticated retaining strap. The rear of the belt loop is stamped with stores code ‘FR271’. All leather & stitching are intact. The price for this rare FR693 FS knife and scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 15827
£0.00

WW2 2nd Pattern, Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife By Wilkinson Sword With Double Etched Panels & Scabbard. Sn 15826 - 15826
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941 (see page 55 of British & Commonwealth Military knives By Flook). This original example of the WW2, 2nd Pattern fighting knife has the correct knurled brass handle, steel cross guard and a 164mm double edged blade with medial ridge. The ricasso is beautifully etched on both sides with panels. One side with the Wilkinson Sword, London, name and trademark and 'The FS Fighting Knife' on the reverse. It is complete with original leather scabbard with external chape and belt loop. The rear of the belt loop has a contemporarily applied small copper belt hook with string loop. The scabbard has its 4 original stitched on leather tabs and it has its original elasticated retaining strap. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 15826
£1,295.00

MINT, Boxed, William Rodgers, Sheffield Commemorative ‘IN HONOUR OF THE FALKLANDS CAMPAIGN APRIL TO JUNE 1982’ Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Commando Fighting Knife With Etched Blade. Sn 15804 - 15804
The Falklands War began on Friday 2 April 1982, when Argentine forces invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. The British Government dispatched a Naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Air Force and retake the islands by amphibious assault. The resulting conflict lasted 74 days and ended with the Argentine surrender on 14 June 1982, which returned the islands to British control. During the conflict, 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel and 3 Falkland Islanders died. William Rodgers is a company which will forever be associated with the British Commando Regiment and the iconic Fairbairn-Sykes Commando Knife. Rodger’s Sheffield made 3rd Pattern Fairbairn-Sykes Commando Knives were chosen by the British Ministry of Defence to be carried by British Commandos. This near mint 3rd pattern FS Commando dagger was manufactured by William Rodgers to commemorate the British Victory in The Falklands. The knife is in near mint condition. It has a 173mm, sharp polished steel blade with medial ridge, etched on one side within scrolling banner ‘IN HONOUR OF THE FALKLANDS CAMPAIGN APRIL TO JUNE 1982’. The plated ribbed handle and cross guard retain all of their original finish. The cross guard is crisply manufacturer marked ‘William Rodgers Sheffield England’. The dagger is contained in its original cardboard box with clear plastic dagger shaped viewing widow in the lid. The lid also has gold embossed lettering ‘William Rodgers Sheffield England’ together with his trademark ‘I Cut My Way’. The box is lined in red satin type material and fitted to hold the dagger securely in place. The box also has its original brown cardboard sleeve. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15804
£275.00

WW2 British WD 2nd Pattern B2 Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 15803 - 15803
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 original WW2 2nd pattern, B2, FS dagger and scabbard. The hilt is blackened brass with knurled grip and a blued steel oval cross guard. The top of the cross guard is crisply stamped with War Dept 'B2' designation and arrow. It has a 171mm long double edged blued blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original scabbard with external blackened brass chape. It retains its 4 original sewn on leather tabs and elasticated retaining strap on the belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15803
£675.00

SOLD SOLD (13/10 LAY-AWAY) WW2 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With No.4 Mould Mark & Scabbard. Sn 15703:32 - 15703:32
An excellent original WW2 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife. The 3rd pattern FS knife was introduced in 1942 (see page 60- 63 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives By Flook). This example has an undamaged blackened, ribbed brass handle. It has a number 4 mould mark on the handle near to the pommel. It has an undamaged 173mm blued double edged dagger blade with medial ridge. The dagger is complete with correct original leather scabbard which is in very good condition with external blackened chape and single belt loop. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs and elastic retaining strap. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:32
£0.00

Boxed, William Rodgers Sheffield Presentation 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife. Sn 15706 - 15706
This is a very nice 3rd pattern presentation FS knife by William Rodgers of Sheffield. It has the standard double edged dagger blade which is 7” long and nickel plated as is its cross guard. The cross guard carries an impressed William Rodgers Sheffield England mark to the underside. The alloy hilt is gunmetal colour with the usual 3rd pattern concentric rings. It is contained in its red satin lined cardboard box formed to hold the knife firmly. The lid has a plastic knife shaped window. The lid also has gold embossed ‘William Rodgers Sheffield England’ & his trademark ‘I Cut My Way’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15706
£195.00

WW2 2nd Pattern British WD B2 Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 15697:3 - 15697:3
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 original WW2 2nd pattern, B2, FS dagger and scabbard. The hilt is blackened brass with knurled grip and a blued steel oval cross guard. The top of the cross guard is crisply stamped with War Dept 'B2' designation and arrow. It has a 173mm long double edged blued blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original scabbard with external blackened brass chape. It retains its 4 original 4 sewn on leather tabs. As is common the original elasticated retaining strap on the belt loop is present but perished. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15697:3
£595.00
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