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1971 British WD George Ibberson Sheffield IB-4432 Stores Marked 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 17316 - 17316
An excellent original 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife. The 3rd pattern knife was introduced in 1942 and issue of the knives to Commandos continued into the modern era. In the 1960’s and 70’s The Sheffield cutlers George Ibberson & John Clarke secured Government contracts to supply FS fighting knives alongside Wilkinson sword (see pages 163-165 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook and plates 11.5 and 11.6 of page 164 in the same book where FS daggers with same date and stores code are illustrated). This example by Ibberson has an undamaged blackened ribbed brass / alloy handle with undamaged 170mm long blade. The cross guard is stamped with WD arrow, stores code 'IB-4432' and dated '1971'. It is also marked 'G.Ibberson & Co Sheffield England'. It is complete with original leather scabbard with external chape and single belt loop with elasticated retaining strap. It retains its 4 leather sewn on tabs. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17316
£395.00

WW2 British Wade & Butcher, Sheffield, ‘Gillwell’ RAF Servicing Commando Fighting Knife With Bone Pommel & Scabbard. Sn 17124 - 17124
These knives were an issue item to members of the RAF Servicing Commando which was formed in 1942. Primarily their work was to service aircraft on front line airfields. There were 14 separate units and saw service in North Africa, Italy, Sicily, France & The Far East. See pages 37 to 38 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives by Flook. Flook states that the knives were issued with compressed leather handles which had bone or stag horn pommels and examples with stag horn or bone hilts have been noted. In his book page 38, plate 74, a contemporary photograph of a member of The RAF Servicing Commando in action in Normandy servicing an aircraft at a front line airfield is illustrated. His knife is clearly shown in wear. Our variant has compressed leather rings hilt. It has a small brass finger guard and bone pommel secured by screw bolt. It has a 117mm single edged drop point blade which has just light staining consistent with age and measures 228mm overall length. The back edge of the blade has a serrated section. The ricasso is marked by the maker ‘Wade & Butcher Sheffield England’ and the reverse has Maltese cross mark and an indistinct inspection mark. ‘Gillwell’ is factory etched one side of the blade. The knife has its undamaged, open top brown leather scabbard with belt loop and retaining strap with press stud fastener. The leather is impressed ‘Sheffield England’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17124
£295.00

AS FOUND UNMESSED WITH WW2 British 2nd Pattern B2 WD Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 14549 - 14549
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 stamped with faint War Dept 'B2' and WD broad arrow designation. It has a 164mm 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 and elastic retaining strap. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14549
£475.00

WW2 Era British 2nd Pattern 'Sterile' Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 17215 - 17125
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. This is a very good condition 2nd pattern, FS dagger and scabbard (see ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’ by Flook). The dagger has the correct blackened brass knurled handle & oval cross guard. The knife is ‘sterile’ with no manufacturer or Unit marks. The knife has a clean, 170 mm long blade with medial ridge. Its original scabbard has a blacked brass chape and integral belt loop. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs and as is common its elastic retaining strap is present but perished with age. The price for this 'sterile' FS dagger includes UK delivery. Sn 17125
£675.00

RARE, WW2 British Wilkinson 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Double Etched Panels & Scabbard. Sn 17191 - 17191
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 excellent condition. Its 170mm 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 brass with knurled grip and a blued oval cross guard. It has its original scabbard with brass chape and belt loop. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on tabs & as is common its elasticated retaining strap is absent. All stitching and leather are intact. The price for this rare FS fighting knife includes UK delivery. Sn 17191
£975.00

SOLD SOLD (04/04) WW2 British WD India Arsenal 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 17192 - 17192
An excellent, original, WW2 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife. The 3rd pattern knife was introduced in 1942 ((see The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook)). It has an undamaged ribbed alloy handle and a 168 mm blade with medial ridge. The blade has staining consistent with age. It is crisply stamped with the India Arsenal "I" & War Dept Arrow mark on the cross guard. It is complete with its original scabbard with external chape. The scabbard has It's original elastic retaining strap and 4 sewn on leather tabs. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17192
£0.00

Post WW2, Full Size, Fairbairn Sykes FS Pattern Commando Fighting Knife With Bakelite Or Tropical Hard Wood Hilt, Blued Blade & Scabbard. Sn 17176 - 17176
An excellent, full size, Fairbairn Sykes pattern fighting knife. This knife has an undamaged smooth bakelite or tropical hard wood handle. It has a blued oval cross guard and blued 167mm dagger blade with medial ridge. There are no manufacturer or date marks on this knife. It is complete with tan leather scabbard which has an external chape and single belt loop with elasticated retaining strap. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17176
£275.00

MINT, Full Size, Post WW2, British Wilkinson Sword Polished Buffalo Horn Hilt Commemorative / Presentation Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Double Etched Panels & Scabbard. Sn 17175 - 17175
A near mint, full size, presentation or commemorative Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife with double etched panels. This knife has an undamaged polished Buffalo horn handle, gold colour plated pommel and cross guard with ferrule. It has a clean, polished, 171mm dagger blade with medial ridge. The blade has etched panels on both sides ‘Wilkinson Sword Co Ltd London’ together with crossed swords legend & ‘The FS Fighting Knife’ on the reverse. It is complete with leather scabbard which has an external chape and single belt loop with elasticated retaining strap. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17175
£325.00

SOLD SOLD (14/03) MINT, Post WW2 British Wilkinson Sword Gold Colour Plated Alloy Hilt Commemorative / Presentation 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Double Etched Panels & Scabbard. Sn 17173 - 17173
A near mint, 3rd Pattern presentation Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife with double etched panels. The 3rd pattern knife was introduced in 1942 and continued to be issued post war (see The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). This knife has an undamaged ribbed and gold colour plated alloy handle. It has a nickel plated cross guard and sharp, clean, polished, 168mm dagger blade with medial ridge. The blade has an etched panel on both sides ‘Wilkinson Sword Co Ltd London’ together with crossed swords legend ‘The FS Fighting Knife’ on the reverse. It is complete with leather scabbard which has an external chape and single belt loop. It retains its 4 leather sewn on leather tabs and elasticated retaining strap. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17173
£0.00

MINT, EXTREMELY RARE, ONE OF 200, 1950 British Wilkinson Sword Tom Beasley Hand Forged Blued Etched Blade Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife Fully Refurbished 1978 By Wilkinson With Correspondence / Provenance From Wilkinson. Sn 17165 - 17165
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 and Post WW2 in 1950 Tom Beasly produced only 200 hand drawn examples of FS knives for Wilkinson Sword who offered them Special Limited Edition items. These knives were mainly used as shop display pieces. This Tom Beasley FS knife is in near mint condition having been fully re-furbished in 1978 by the Wilkinson Sword Company. A previous owner of this knife contacted the Company asking advice on restoration and they kindly offered to refurbish the knife for him. The previous owners correspondence and Wilkinsons replies together with receipts for work, a potted history of the FS knife history and a letter from Wilkinson’s Swords sales office Supervisor confirming the knife as being rare and one of only 200 Beasley Knives hand drawn in 1950 accompany this knife. Its near mint blued blade is beautifully etched & blued 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 with 'Commando Fighting Knife 1939-1945' .The orange / brown hue Ivorine handle and blued cross guard are in similar near mint condition. The dagger has its brown leather scabbard with blued chape, 4 sewn on leather tabs and elasticated retaining strap. The price for this superb piece with provenance includes UK delivery. Sn 17165
£1,400.00
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