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**VERY RARE**CARRIED & USED**NAMED**American Soldier’s Private Purchase WW2 Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With Blued & Etched Banner To ‘F.Clark 82nd Airborne’ Field Adapted For War Use & Scabbard With Service Number ‘1395666’. Sn 19917:3 - 19917:3
The U.S. Army 82nd Airborne consisted of elements of paratroopers and glider units. The Division fought with distinction in all major theatres of the second world war in Europe, including Sicily, Italy, Anzio Normandy, D Day Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge then into Germany where after helping to secure the Ruhr, the 82nd Airborne Division ended the war at Ludwigslust past the Elbe River, accepting the surrender of over 150,000 men of Lieutenant General Kurt von Tippelskirch's 21st Army on 2 May 1945. American & Canadian special forces soldiers & officers bought FS fighting knives as private purchase weapons, often they would commission their names to be etched on the blades . Examples of named, etched blades are illustrated on pages 96 & 97 of Flook’s book. This a very rare to find, as found, carried and used example of an FS fighting knife privately purchased by ‘F. Clark 82nd Airborne’. The knife’s original hilt, cross guard and scabbard have been field adapted during the war with the original FS hilt being replaced by a solid stag handle grip and the original FS cross guard being replaced by an oval brass guard. The original FS blade is 166mm length and it measures 11 ¼” overall. The blade has staining and patina consistent with age and heavy service use. One side of the blade has a crisp etched & blued scrolling banner with name and Regiment ‘F.Clark 82nd Airborne (spelt Airbourne in the etching)’. Its field replacement leather scabbard has surface wear to be expected and it has obviously been with the knife for many years no doubt in theatres of war. The scabbard has stitched and riveted edges all intact and single belt loop. The rear of the scabbard has hand applied number 1395666 scratched into the leather most likely the service number of F. Clark. The price for this rare item worthy of further research regarding the blade name and scabbard service number includes UK delivery. Sn 19917:3
£1,575.00

WW2 British WD 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With Scabbard. Sn 19885 - 19885
This is an excellent original 3rd pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife (see The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). This WW2 example has an undamaged blackened alloy ribbed handle. It has an undamaged 162 mm double edged dagger blade with medial ridge. The dagger is complete with original leather scabbard with external blackened chape and belt loop. The scabbard has its 4 original sewn on tabs and its original elasticated retaining strap is present and intact but frayed in the centre consistent with service use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19885
£545.00

C1970’s AL MAR Japan Applegate Fairbairn Fighting Knife & Original AL MAR Scabbard. ED 2668 - ED 2668
A development of the WW2 FS knife was the Applegate Fairburn fighting knife, designed by Col. Rex Applegate (United States OSS) and Capt. W.E Fairbairn (British Royal Marines). These knives were initially made by the USA firm Yancey Estes Park Colorado and a few years later by AL MAR Japan and Boker Germany. This is an original AL MAR Applegate FS combat knife. It has the correct green Lexan plastic handle, oval in section and grooved for grip. The handle is holed for wrist cord. The brass guard is angled away from the handle. It has a clean 6 ¼” steel blade with a makers mark on one side ‘AL MAR Seki Japan’ and trademark cartouche in red & has the etched facsimile signatures of both Applegate and Fairbairn. The knife is razor sharp & has its original black leather scabbard with press stud fastening retaining strap and belt loop. The rear is impressed with AL MAR’s trademark cartouche and number ‘4002AF’. The scabbard has brass ringed holes for lanyard cords. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2668
£495.00

C1970’s Early Production Number 26, Yancey Colorado USA (1st Makers Of These Knives)Applegate Fairbairn Fighting Knife & Original Scabbard By Tex Shoemaker & Sons. ED 2667 - ED 2667
A development of the WW2 FS knife was the Applegate Fairburn fighting knife, designed by Col. Rex Applegate (United States OSS) and Capt. W.E Fairbairn (British Royal Marines). These knives were initially made by the USA firm Yancey Estes Park Colorado and a few years later by AL MAR Japan and Boker Germany. This is an early production Yancey Applegate FS combat knife. It has the correct black Lexan plastic handle, oval in section and grooved for grip. The handle is holed for wrist cord. The brass guard is angled away from the handle and stamped number ‘26’ also indicating early production. It has a clean 6 ¼” steel blade with a makers mark on one side ‘Yancey Estes Park Colo’ & has the etched facsimile signatures of both Applegate and Fairbairn on it. The other side is etched ‘AF’ (Applegate Fairbairn). The knife is razor sharp & has its original black leather scabbard with Velcro fastening retaining strap and belt loop. The rear has a steel belt or boot clip. The rear of the belt loop is impressed with USA Texas star within the star is ‘Tex Shoemaker & Sons’. The scabbard has brass ringed holes for lanyard cords. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2667
£575.00

WW2 British WD 2nd Pattern B2 Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard Marked ‘England’. Sn 19832 - 19832
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 WD, FS dagger and scabbard. The hilt is brass with knurled grip and a blued steel oval cross guard. The top of one side of the cross guard is stamped with War Dept arrow & 'B2' mark. The top of the other side is stamped ‘England’. It has a 170mm long double edged blued blade with medial ridge. Its original scabbard with external blackened brass chape retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs. As is common with these scabbards its original elastic retaining strap is absent. The leather of the belt loop is impressed ‘England’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19832
£845.00

SOLD SOLD (05/12) **VERY RARE**Original, WW2 1st Pattern, Wilkinson, Fairbairn- Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Double Etched Panels & 1st Pattern Scabbard. Sn 19838 - 19838
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 crisply marked with etched and blued panels, 'Wilkinson Sword London & Crossed Swords Legend' & the reverse 'The FS Fighting Knife'. Its double edged dagger blade with medial ridge measures 172mm in length (blade lengths of these FS knives vary as they were hand ground). The blade has just light staining consistent with age. It is complete with original 1st pattern leather scabbard with nickel plated brass chape which has some denting, integral belt loop with retaining strap which has the correct ‘Newey’ press stud fastener. All stitching and leather are intact. The price for this very rare 1st Pattern FS fighting knife is on application & includes UK delivery. Sn 19838
£0.00

**RARE**MINT**Un-Issued Issue Labelled Packaging**1950’s - 1960’s British Wilkinson Royal Marines WD Admiralty Contract 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With No.1 Mould Mark, Designated FR693 & Correct FR271 Scabbard - 19862
This is a rare, 1950’s-1960’s British Wilkinson Royal Marines Admiralty Contract 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife Designated FR693 & Correct FR271 Designated Scabbard with original Un-Issued With Original Issue Labelled Packaging (see page 166 -173 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). In his book there is a reference to a quantity of knives being supplied to the Admiralty by Wilkinson contract in 1964 for Royal Marine Commando issue stamped ‘FR693’. He also states that even though Wilkinson supplied these knives in 1964 its origins go back to at least 1955 and possibly earlier. The knives were designated ‘FR693’ & the scabbards ‘FR271’. Our example is in near mint, un-issued condition. The knife has an undamaged blackened alloy 3rd pattern hilt. The hilt is stamped with ‘FR693’ stores code and number 1 mould mark indicating that this is a WW2 knife re-furbished and re-designated to fill the contract. It has a blued, 174mm long blued steel double edged blade with medial ridge. The hilt and blade are covered with original storage grease. It is complete with original scabbard with external blackened chape. It retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs & elastic retaining strap. The rear of the scabbard is impressed with ‘FR271’ designation. The knife with scabbard comes in its original brown waxed paper issue packaging which has a printed label ‘ BI LDA 42260 (stores code) and ‘QTY (Quantity) 1’. The for this rare Royal Marines contract FS piece includes UK delivery. Sn 19862
£895.00

WW2 Era British WD Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife Beaded & Ribbed (9 Rows Of Beads) & Scabbard. Sn 19860 - 19860
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 WD marked Beaded and Ribbed Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife has a brass beaded and ribbed grip with 9 rows of beads. The hilt is stamped with WD arrow above number ‘2’ mark. It has a 180mm long, clean blued steel blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original scabbard with external brass chape. The leather has surface wear and one small old stable tear in the front near to the throat consistent with age and service use. As is common its original 4 original sewn on leather tabs have been cut back and half of the original elasticated retaining strap has perished. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19860
£975.00

WW2 Era British Wilkinson Sword London 2nd Pattern Nickel Plated Officer’s Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Double Etched Blade & Scabbard. Sn 19861 - 19861
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. This is a near mint condition WW2 Officer’s nickel plated 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 has a 163 mm long blade with medial ridge. The ricasso is crisply marked with etched and blued panels, 'Wilkinson Sword London' & the reverse 'The FS Fighting Knife'. The blade has just light staining consistent with age. Its original scabbard has a nickel plated chape and integral belt loop with elastic retaining strap which as is common has perished and become detached on one side. It retains its original sewn on leather tabs. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19861
£1,425.00

**RARE** FR693 / FR271 Cold War British WD Wilkinson Royal Marines Admiralty Contract 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With No.3 Mould Mark & Correct FR693 Designation (Made From WW2 Re-Furbished FS Examples) & FR271 Scabbard. - 19736
This is a rare, 1960’s British Wilkinson Royal Marines Admiralty Contract 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife, Designated FR693 & Correct FR271 Designated Scabbard (see page 166 -173 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). In his book there is a reference to a quantity of knives being supplied to the Admiralty by Wilkinson contract in 1964 for Royal Marine Commando issue stamped ‘FR693’. He also states that even though Wilkinson supplied these knives in 1964 its origins go back to at least 1955 and possibly earlier. Some of these knives were made using re-furbished WW2 examples. The knives were designated ‘FR693’ & the scabbards ‘FR271’. Our example is in excellent condition. The knife has an undamaged blackened brass 3rd pattern hilt. The hilt is stamped with ‘FR693’ stores code and number 3 mould mark indicating that this is a WW2 knife re-furbished and re-designated to fill the contract. It has a 177mm long double edged blued steel blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original scabbard with external blackened brass chape. It retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs & elastic retaining strap. The rear of the scabbard is impressed with correct ‘FR271’ designation. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19736
£1,195.00
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