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MINT, Boxed1944- 1994 50th WW2 Anniversary D-Day Landings Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife By Wilkinson Sword With Blued & Etched Blade. ED 2186 - ED 2186
This near mint 3rd 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 1994 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, 6th June 1944. The full size knife measures 11 ½”overall length. It has a beautiful blade with etching & blued panels on both sides. One side is etched with ‘Wilkinson Sword London ’ manufacturer's name and crossed swords legend. The reverse the Fairbairn Sykes ‘FS’ panel. Both sides have commemorative wording and ‘1944-1994’ within panel (all illustrated). The blackened brass 3rd pattern handle and cross guard have no damage. The dagger is contained in its cardboard box with foam lining and removable lid. The cardboard is covered with stippled black plastic. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2186
£395.00

WW2 Era British Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife Beaded & Ribbed (9 Rows Of Beads) With Scabbard. ED 2184 - ED 2184
The Beaded & Ribbed variant of the Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting knife was available as a private purchase weapon but were also Military issue. Beaded & Ribbed versions have been found with 9,8,7 & 6 rows of beads (see page 127 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives by Ron Flook). This WW2 era Beaded and Ribbed Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife has a brass beaded and ribbed grip with 9 rows of beads. There are no WD or manufacturer marks on this piece. It has a blued 163mm blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original scabbard with external brass chape and belt loop. This is a nice original example. Price includes UK delivery. ED 2184
£595.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD Mint Factory Etched Wilkinson Sword 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife To ‘133117 Marine S.C. Mayell’. Sn 14289 - 14289
The 3rd pattern FS knife was introduced in 1942 (see page 61 & 62 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives By Flook) and continued to be issued post war. This superb near mint 3rd pattern FS Commando dagger was manufactured by Wilkinson Sword England. This full size fighting knife measures 11 ½” overall length. It’s dagger blade with medial ridge has a blued & etched panel on one side ‘133117 Marine S.C. Mayell’ together with ‘1958’ date. The reverse has the Wilkinson Sword England manufacturer’s name and crossed swords legend etched within a blued panel. The etchings are guaranteed original and contemporary. We have confirmed that this was made for Marine Mayell. The nickel plated brass 3rd pattern ribbed handle and cross guard retain all of their original finish. The dagger is contained in its original wooden case. The case has a clasp fastener. The inside of the case is lined with green felt & padded white silk type material. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger and has 2 elasticated straps securing the dagger in place. Price for this near mint FS dagger to a named British Royal Marine which is worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 14289
£0.00

MINT, Post 1952 QE II British ‘Best Commando On Course Prize’ Nickel Plated 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife By Wilkinson Sword With Etched & Blued Panel & Scabbard. ED 2182 - ED 2182
An original, near mint 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife with etched Queen Elizabeth II Royal Appointment Wilkinson Sword panel. These quality knives were reputedly presented to the ‘best Commando on course’ after completion of their arduous training and were highly prized fully functional fighting knives. The 3rd pattern knife was introduced in 1942 (see page 61 & 62 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives By Flook) and continued to be issued post war. This post 1952 Commando prize knife has an undamaged ribbed and nickel plated brass handle with slotted pommel nut and oval nickel plated cross guard. It has a pristine 177mm dagger blade with medial ridge. The blade has an etched & blued panel on one side ‘Wilkinson Sword London Made In England’ with crossed swords legend and QE II Royal Appointment. It is complete with its leather scabbard with nickel plated external chape and single belt loop. It retains its 4 leather sewn on leather tabs and elasticated retaining strap. All leather & stitching are intact. Price includes UK delivery. ED 2182
£395.00

WW2 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With No.4 Mould Mark & Scabbard. Sn 14265 - 14265
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 handle. It has a number 4 mould mark on the handle near to the pommel. It has an undamaged 174mm 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 chape and single belt loop. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs and elastic retaining strap. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14265
£395.00

British WW2 WD 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 13923:1 - 13923:1
An very good WW2 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes commando fighting knife. The 3rd pattern FS knife was introduced in 1942 (see page 61 & 62 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives By Flook). This example has an undamaged ribbed and blackened alloy handle which has a WD arrow above ‘12’ mark near to the cross guard. It has an undamaged 173mm dagger blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original leather scabbard with external blackened brass chape and single belt loop. It retains its 4 leather sewn on tabs & elasticated retaining strap. All leather & stitching are intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13923:1
£345.00

WW2 British Wood Hilt Fairbairn- Sykes, FS Far East Commando Fighting Knife With 13 Ridge Grooved Grip & Contemporarily Adapted Scabbard Thigh Straps Carried By RAF Pilot Officer Silver During The Burma Campaign Obtained Direct From The Officer’s Family - 14006
This is an original WW2, FS Far East Operations dagger and scabbard, see pages 133 to 137 and plates 9.24 (13 ridge grip) and 9.25 (16 ridge Grip) of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives by Flook which illustrated wood handled FS daggers similar to ours. In his book page 133, plate 9.22 Flook references the use of wood handled FS daggers by WW2 Pilot’s with a contemporary image of a Pilot carrying a 3rd pattern type wood hilt FS dagger while being debriefed at an airfield in France shortly after D day June 1944. This particular knife was carried by RAF Pilot Officer Silver during missions he flew in the WW2 Burma / India campaign and was recently obtained direct from the Officer’s family. The hilt is correctly made of black painted wood with 13 ridge grooved grip, rounded pommel brass pommel nut and an oval blackened steel cross guard. It has a 156mm double edged blackened dagger blade with medial ridge and is in its original leather scabbard with belt loop, elasticated retaining strap, blackened brass chape and 4 sewn on leather tabs. The tabs have been contemporarily adapted for carry in a cockpit or fuselage of an aircraft by the addition of webbing straps with buckles for thigh wear. All leather, webbing & stitching of the scabbard are intact. Price for this WW2 RAF Pilot’s FS Dagger worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 14006
£475.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY) MINT, RARE, Original, WW2 1st Pattern, Wilkinson, Fairbairn- Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Etched Panels & 1st Pattern Scabbard. Sn 14057 - 14057
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 in near mint condition with original 1st pattern 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 are crisp. Its double edged dagger blade with medial ridge is razor sharp and measures 158mm 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). All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price for this rare near mint 1st Pattern FS fighting knife & Scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 14057
£0.00

MINT, Cased, WW2 Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'Army Commandos 1940-45' By Frank Mills & Co Ltd Hanover Works Sheffield With Etched Blade. Sn 14002 - 14002
The British Commandos were formed in the early stages of the Second World War, in June 1940, following a request from the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, for a force that could carry out raids against German-occupied Europe. Initially drawn from within the British Army from soldiers who volunteered for the Special Service Brigade, the Commandos' ranks would eventually be filled by members of all branches of the United Kingdom's armed forces and a number of foreign volunteers from German-occupied countries. Reaching a war time strength of over 30 individual units and four assault brigades, the Commandos served in all theatres of war from the Arctic Circle to Europe and from the Mediterranean and Middle East Theatre to South-East Asia. Their operations ranged from small groups of men landing from the sea or by parachute to a brigade of assault troops spearheading the Allied invasions of Europe and Asia. All Commandos were issued with the iconic FS Fighting knife. This attractive 3rd pattern FS Commando dagger was produced to Commemorate the British Army Commandos WW2 Service 1940-1945. The knife is in near mint condition. It has a blued blade etched on both sides with gilt panels containing Commando mottos & images celebrating the Commando’s valour & ethos (all illustrated) including an image of the Victoria Cross and ‘THE ARMY COMMANDOS 1940-45. The ricasso of one side is etched with the manufacturer's panel ‘Frank Mills & Co Ltd Est 1886 Hanover Works Sheffield England’. The ribbed handle and cross guard retain their original finish. The dagger is contained in its quality 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 14002
£395.00

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
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