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**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

SOLD SOLD (18/11) **RARE**WW2 British Wilkinson Sword 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Hand Drawn Blade, Double Etched Panels & Scabbard. Sn 19974 - 19974
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 174mm long, hand drawn, double edged blade with medial ridge is clean. 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 oval blued steel cross guard. It has its original scabbard with blackened chape and belt loop. As is common the scabbard’s original 4 sewn on tabs and elasticated retaining strap are absent. All stitching and leather of the scabbard are intact. The price for this rare FS fighting knife includes UK delivery. Sn 19974
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (16/11) **VERY SCARCE**WW2 British Ribbed & Roped Alloy Handle Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 20059 - 20059
A very scarce WW2 example of the alloy handled ribbed and roped Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife. For many years this pattern of Commando knife were believed to be solely private purchase weapons, however, on page 129 of Ron Flook's book 'The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives', he describes at least 2 War Dept marked examples being seen. The handle has 10 roped rings, a steel cross guard. There are no visible WD marks on this weapon. It has an undamaged 168mm long clean blackened blade with medial ridge. It is complete with its original scabbard with brass chape & single belt loop. It retains its original elastic retaining strap and it's 4 sewn on leather tabs. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. A very scarce FS knife. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20059
£0.00

**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

**BRITISH WARTIME STOCK POST WAR 1950’s EXPORT TO USA FOR ISSUE TO AIRBORNE & RANGERS**WW2 Era British 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife Cross Guard Stamped ‘England’ & Scabbard With Matching England Stamp. Sn 19917:6 - 19917:6
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, British made WW2 2nd pattern, FS dagger and scabbard in excellent condition. The hilt is blackened brass with knurled grip and a blued steel oval cross guard. The cross guard is stamped ‘England’ indicating export to USA for Airborne & Ranger issue post WW2 in the 1950’s from wartime stock (see page 213 of Flook’s book where he describes an FS dagger with cross guard stamped ‘England’ as being a USA 1950’s export item from British war time stock). It has a 171 mm long double edged blued blade with medial ridge. The knife has its original scabbard with external blackened chape. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs and as is common its elastic retaining strap is absent. The belt loop has matching ‘England’ stamp. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19917:6
£1,345.00

**MINT**UN-ISSUED**WW2 British 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife Hilt Stamped Number ‘2’ Inspection Mark & 1943 dated Scabbard. Sn 19917:5 - 19917:5
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 both in near mint un-issued condition. The hilt is blackened brass with knurled grip and a blued steel oval cross guard. The hilt near to the cross guard is stamped ‘2’ (inspection mark). It has a pristine 166 mm long double edged blued blade with medial ridge. The knife has its original near mint un-issued scabbard with external brass chape. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs and elastic retaining strap. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19917:5
£1,375.00

**RARE**ISSUED BUT UN-USED**UN-CLEANED**WW2 Era All Steel Variant Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Correct Original Scabbard. Sn 19917:4 - 19917:4
Like many variants of the FS knife there are various theories as to the origins of the all steel knives. Generally put about is that they were dropped into Europe for use by the resistance. There is also anecdotal evidence indicating use by Home guard. At least one of these knives was recovered in the wreck of a Sherman tank which sank off the coast of Normandy during the D-Day invasion (see pages 131 to 133 of ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’ by Flook). An all steel variant hilt FS knife with 5 knurled grip rings the same as ours is illustrated on page 132 item 9.18 of Flook’s book. Flook also comments on page 131 “whether or not they were made against an official contract is unknown and no example that I am aware of has been found with an inspection mark. Genuine examples of such knives are scarce”. This is a rare, original all steel hilt variant FS knife and scabbard in as found, un-cleaned condition. It has the correct blued all steel hilt which has the aforementioned correct 5 knurled grip rings. There are no maker or date marks on the knife. The knife has a 172 mm long blued blade with medial ridge. The metal work has even storage patina but no signs of use. Its original leather scabbard in which it was found has an integral belt loop with retaining strap which has a press stud fastener. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19917:4
£1,595.00
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