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WW2 Era British 2nd Pattern Nickel Plated Officer’s 'Sterile' Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 19832 - 19832
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. This is an excellent condition WW2 Officer’s 2nd pattern, FS dagger and scabbard. Examples of Nickel plated FS daggers are illustrated in Chapter 7 of ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’ by Flook. The dagger has the correct nickel plated brass knurled handle & oval cross guard. The knife is ‘sterile’ with no manufacturer or Unit marks. The knife has a 172 mm long blade with medial ridge. The blade has just light staining consistent with age. Its original scabbard has a nickel plated chape and integral belt loop. It retains its 4 sewn on leather tabs. As is common the original elasticated retaining strap is absent. The price for this 'sterile' nickel plated Officer’s FS dagger includes UK delivery. Sn 19832
£975.00

**RARE**WW2 British Wilkinson Sword 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Double Etched Panels & Scabbard. Sn 20298 - 20298
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. Examples with etched blades are illustrated in Chapter 7 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook. Our rare to find example is in very good condition. Its 160mm long double edged blade with medial ridge has just light staining consistent with age. The blade has etched panels on both sides, one side ‘The FS Fighting Knife’ the reverse with ‘Wilkinson Sword London’ name & crossed swords legend. The hilt is blackened brass with knurled grip and oval blued steel cross guard. It has its original scabbard with blackened brass chape and belt loop. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on tabs and as is common its elasticated retaining strap is present and attached but part torn in a couple of areas. The rear of the belt loop has a lightly hand scratched mark which has the appearance of a WD arrow and the front has indistinct lightly hand scratched letters (can be seen in images 1 & 3). All stitching and leather of the scabbard are intact. The price for this rare FS fighting knife includes UK delivery. Sn 20298
£1,475.00

**VERY RARE**Original, WW2 1st Pattern, Wilkinson, Fairbairn- Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Double Etched Panels & 1st Pattern Scabbard. Sn 19900 - 19900
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 excellent 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 marked with etched and blued panels, 'Wilkinson Sword London' & the reverse 'The FS Fighting Knife'. Its clean, double edged dagger blade with medial ridge 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. It has the correct ‘Newey’ press stud fastener and retains its 4 sewn on leather tabs. All stitching and leather are intact. The price for this very rare 1st Pattern FS fighting knife & scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 19900
£3,500.00

**ORIGINAL**EX- WILKINSON’S TOOL ROOM PROTOTYPE OF THE RAREST SOE WEAPON**WW2 C1941-1942 McLaglen Peskett Multi Functional Close Combat Weapon (CCW) With Concealed Blade, Skull Crusher Pommel & Integral Spooled Garrote Wire. Sn 20336 - 20336
This SOE multi functional Close Combat Weapon (CCW) was invented by the British designers Sydney Temple Leopold McLaglen of London and John Edward Peskett of Harrow. See page 123 of Fred Stephen’s book Fighting Knives where an example is illustrated and described. Interestingly Fred who has been writing about and collecting Military knives for many years has never seen one of these devices ‘in the flesh’. The full name of the weapon reflected the names of both engineers. Their development was designated as a “melee weapon”, designed with the many needs of a British SOE (Special Operations Executive) intelligence operative or saboteur in mind. The CCW could be used to kill or incapacitate an enemy with three distinct methods. The first was striking with the alloy steel ball at the top of the weapon, like a blackjack. The second method was with a concealed gravity-activated spike which the operator could extend by pushing a retaining button on the weapon. The third method was with a coiled garrote wire, wrapped around the interior of the weapon. The garrote was 20 inches long when unspooled and was drawn using a ring in some models, and a steel ball in others. It appears the CCW did not catch on with its intended users, and no more than 100 were of our type were manufactured. Other weapons performed each of the three tasks more efficiently than this CCW. Nevertheless, it is an interesting look at the creative design processes that took place during World War II. Some sources indicate they were also manufactured for and issued to American OSS personnel. Legendary assassin and MI6 operative Peter Mason possessed one among his collection of unusual weaponry and donated it to the Museum of World War II near Boston, MA USA in the 1990s. Another is in the Spy Museum in Washington, DC USA. The weapons were made from British patent no. 559747 and prototypes were made C1941-42. Our extremely rare fully functioning example of the prototype was made by and obtained from the Wilkinson Tool Room by a previous owner (the weapon has a number of hand written descriptive labels attached explain the device and its provenance, they are illustrated & accompany the weapon. Our example has the correct machined steel cylindrical body with knurled surface for grip (when the weapon went into production the cylinder was grooved without knurled finish as a cost saving measure). It has the correct solid steel ball skull crusher pommel, which swivels to release and retain the spindled garrotte wire within the cylinder. The garrotte wire has the correct pull ring. The gravity release blade with bush button catch works as it should ( our example has the correct prototype blued 3 ¼” long blade with medial ridge,production models had longer blades as the prototype blade was considered to short). The cylinder has a swivelling ring with strap bar fitted with leather wrist loop. With blade extended the weapon measures 10 ¼” overall length, blade retracted it measures 6 ¾” length. As is common with SOE weapons there are no maker or date marks on the weapon. The price for this rarest of all prototype SOE close combat weapons includes UK delivery. NB PRICE ON APPLICATION.
£0.00

WW2 1944 Dated Japanese 1944 Pattern Army Officer’s Shin Gunto Sword With Seki Arsenal Blade Double Signed & Dated Tang ‘KANE SHIGE’, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 20343 - 20343
This sword has been assessed by UK based Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His assessment accompanies this piece. In exerts from the assessment he states “A 1944 pattern Army Officer’s Shin Gunto blade signed by its maker ‘Kane Shige’. There are 2 men using the art name spelt with unusual kanji for shige. I think it is the one born 1906 who worked as a gunto smith real name ‘Sakai Katso toshi’ working in Gifu. This is an arsenal produced Showa To Murato oil tempered blade, not a traditional gendaito hand forged blade. It has an artificial temper line put on with polishing stones dated late in war December 1944. It has the normal 2 mekugi ana found with these mounts. There are classes of fittings found with this type of sword, 1st grade with wood saya and crackled lacquer finish plus better quality varnished wrap. This is the 2nd quality with steel scabbard with brown painted finish, all steel mounts with blackened finish. This type always have murato oil tempered blades. Very good original condition overall. A good example of its type”. In his illustrations of the blade and tang of the tang he translates the tang smith signature and date and identifies arsenal marks on the tang. He describes the cutting edge of the blade as 26” length. Total length just under 35”. He also describes other blade measurements and characteristics (illustrated in image 2). The hilt's locking catch is present but worn and does not lock the sword in its scabbard. The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 20343
£1,250.00

**ISSUED BUT UN-USED**WW2 Wood Hilt Fairbairn Sykes, FS Far East Operations Commando & RAF Fighting Knife With ‘X7’ Marked Cross Guard & Scabbard. Sn 20164 - 20164
An original WW2, FS Far East Operations dagger and correct scabbard in very good condition (see Page 137 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). The hilt is natural wood with correct grooved grip and an oval blackened brass cross guard (these daggers were made with both steel and brass cross guards, see item 9.33 page 137 of Flook’s book for an example with brass cross guard. In his book Flook indicates that these wood hilt FS knives were also issued to RAF air crew). The cross guard is stamped ‘X7’ most likely a unit or armoury weapon number. It has a 163 mm steel dagger blade with medial ridge. The blade is clean. The dagger has its original leather scabbard with belt loop, elasticated retaining strap and 4 sewn on leather tabs. The scabbard has a blackened brass chape. All leather and stitching are clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20164
£495.00

WW2 British WD 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 20090 - 20090
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 brass with knurled grip and a blued steel oval cross guard. It has a 162mm long double blade with medial ridge. Its original scabbard has an external brass chape. As is common its original 4 sewn on leather tabs & original elastic retaining strap are absent. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20090
£595.00

**VERY RARE**Original WW2 WD Marked Free Polish Forces, Airborne/ Commando, Smooth Handle, Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With Scabbard & Webbing Frog. Sn 20058 - 20058
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 and page 141 item 9.49 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting knife & Other Commando Knives by Ron Flook where they are described as rare. It has an undamaged smooth blackened alloy handle with a 167mm long blackened blade. The hilt has a small mark that looks like a poorly struck WD arrow (illustrated). It has a straight oval cross guard. It is complete with original leather scabbard with external brass chape. The scabbard is fitted with a webbing frog with retaining strap that fits the scabbard and dagger perfectly. All leather & stitching are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20058
£1,275.00

**UNIQUE**OFFICER’S QUALITY**NAMED**WW2 American Or Canadian Officer’s Private Purchase Nickel Plated 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife By Wilkinson Sword With Etched Panels & Banner To ‘L.S. Bartlett’ & Scabbard. Sn 20029 - 20029
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. Examples with etched blades are illustrated in Chapter 7 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook. American & Canadian special forces soldiers & Officers bought FS fighting knives as private purchase weapons. Examples of named, etched blades are illustrated on pages 96 & 97 of Flook’s book. This original nickel plated example no doubt an Officer’s private purchase has a knurled 2nd pattern brass hilt and blued oval cross guard. It has an undamaged, clean 171mm long blade with medial ridge & etched panels. One side ‘Wilkinson Sword London’ with crossed swords legend. The reverse ‘The FS Fighting Knife’. One side of the blade has a crisp etched scrolling banner with name ‘L.S. Bartlett’. The dagger is complete with original leather scabbard with external brass chape and belt loop. As is common Its original 4 sewn on leather tabs have been contemporarily cut back and the original elasticated retaining strap is absent. It was common for soldiers to adapt these scabbards in the field for attachment to uniform. Our scabbard has a period adaptation with an eyelet being cut into the top section of the belt loop to allow it to be attached to a uniform button. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price for this unique named FS knife includes UK delivery. Sn 20029
£1,625.00

**CASED**MINT**RARE**C1948 2 PANEL VERSION**Wilkinson Sword, ‘Hand Forged By Tom Beasley The Famous Sword Smith’ Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With Correct 2 Etched & Blued Panels Hand Drawn Blade. Sn 19917:8 - 19917:8
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. Tom Beasley knives are sought after. 3 panel version etchings 'Hand Forged by Tom Beasley The Famous Sword Smith Of Stalingrad Fame' and 2 panel versions without the panel referencing Stalingrad were made. The 2 panel versions the same as our example were made C1948. They are thought to be advertising & private purchase pieces for Wilkinson sword who undertook a sales drive in the early post war years (see page 182 & 183 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives by Flook). This is a near mint original hand drawn Tom Beasley FS Knife. Its 166mm long steel blade with medial ridge is clean and correctly crisply etched & blued on both sides. One side has a 2 panel banner etched 'Hand Forged by Tom Beasley The Famous Sword Smith’. 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'. The orange / brown hue Ivorine handle is undamaged and it has an oval blued steel cross guard. The dagger is contained in its later wooden case with hinged lid all covered in red leatherette material. The case has clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined in cushioned red felt & is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The price for this excellent piece includes UK delivery. Sn 19917:8
£1,295.00
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