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STERILE, WW2 2nd Pattern British Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 15957 - 15957
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, FS dagger and scabbard. The hilt is blackened brass with knurled grip and oval cross guard. It has a 169mm long double edged blade with medial ridge. The blade has areas of staining consistent with age. As is common with special forces weapons this dagger is ‘sterile’ having no manufacturer or WD markings. It is complete with original scabbard with external blackened brass chape. The scabbard retains its 4 original sewn on leather tabs. As is common with these scabbards its original elasticated retaining strap on the belt loop is present but perished in the centre. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15957
£575.00

SOLD SOLD (16/01) , RARE, Original, WW2 1st Pattern, Wilkinson, Fairbairn- Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Etched Panels & 1st Pattern Scabbard Originating From Scotland Near To The Achnacarry Commando Training School. Sn 15980:1 - 15980:1
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 which is the best we have had the privilege to own and originated from Scotland near to the Achnacarry Commando training School which was established in WW2 . 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 sharp and measures 172mm 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 superb, rare 1st Pattern FS fighting knife & Scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 15980:1
£0.00

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 (10/01) 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
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (03/01) 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
£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 American USMC Raiders Stiletto Fairbairn Sykes FS Cast Alloy Hilt Variation Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 14561. - 14561
This is an original WW2 variation of the FS Fighting knife. This form of dagger was used by USMC Raiders during WW2 (see pages 222 to 224 of Flooks book The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando knives where similar alloy hilt USMC knives are illustrated) . It has a one piece cast alloy handle with stippled panels on the front and back. The handle retains much of its original blackened finish. The clean steel blade with medial ridge is undamaged and measures 152 mm and measures 286mm overall. The knife is complete with leather scabbard. The dark brown leather scabbard has a single belt loop and retaining strap (The tip of the strap is absent). The scabbard has stud on the body. The bottom of the scabbard has 2 ringed holes for thigh cord. The price includes UK delivery Sn 14561
£475.00

Original, WW2 2nd Pattern British WD B2 Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 15447 - 15447
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 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 WD arrow. It has a 170mm long double edged blued blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original scabbard with external blackened brass chape. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs. As is common with these war time scabbards the original elasticated retaining strap on the belt loop is absent. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15447
£695.00

MINT, 1997 Pair Of Limited Edition Number 2901 Of 3000 Commemorative Applegate Fairbairn Fighting Knives (One fixed Blade, The Other Folding) With Signed Blades Made by Gerber & Boker Mounted On Original Wood Display Board. ED 2244 - ED 2244
A development of the WW2 FS knife was the Applegate Fairbairn fighting knives, designed by Col. Rex Applegate (United States OSS) and Capt. WE Fairbairn (British Royal Marines). This mint commemorative pair of knives were produced in 1997 in a limited edition run of 3000 by Gerber & Boker in recognition the contribution of Applegate & Fairbairn to the development of combat knives. Each knife has black Lexan plastic handles, oval in section. The brass double guard is angled away from the handle. The fixed blade variant has a 6” double edged steel blade with makers mark "Boker,Solingen” together with trademark. The folding blade variant has a 4 ½” double edged folding blade with thumb spur marked ‘Gerber USA’. Both blades have etched representations of Applegate and Fairbairn’s signatures and are numbered ‘ 2901/3000’. Both knives are secured to their original wooden presentation / display board slotted at the rear for wall or desk mounting. The board has a descriptive presentation plaque marked with manufacturer detail and ‘1997’ date (illustrated). The knives are secured to the board by allen key bolts through the lanyard ring holes at the pommel end of their hilts but can easily be removed with an allen key for inspection and use. The display board measures 12” x9“x ¾”. The price for this mint limited edition commemorative piece includes UK delivery. ED 2244
£495.00
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