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WW2 British Soldier’s Private Purchase W.H Fagan & Son Sheffield Fairbairn Sykes F.S. Style Fighting Knife/Dagger & Period Adapted Victorian Scabbard Mounted With Middlesex Regiment Brass & Enamel Badge. Sn 18980 - 18980
This is a WW2 private purchase F.S. style fighting knife/dagger by W.H. Fagan Sheffield and scabbard. These knife were private purchase weapons during WW2. The pommel and cross guard are alloy. It has a solid stag antler or bone grip with red and black spacers. The dagger blade measures 136mm and it is 255mm overall length. The FS style blade with medial ridge is clean and sharp. One side of the blade has the maker’s name ‘W.H. Fagan & Son’, the reverse ‘Made In Sheffield England’. The adapted original Victorian era scabbard is in very good condition. Made of dark brown leather it has an integral belt loop with retaining strap and press stud fastener which functions as it should. The scabbard has a brass chape and throat mount. The throat mount is mounted with an original Middlesex Regiment brass and enamel badge. The leather has just surface scuffs to be expected with age and service use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18980
£425.00

**RARE**Cased, Vietnam War U.S. Special Edition Presentation British Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife Form Stiletto Dagger By Japan Sword Etched To The Airborne ‘5th Special Forces Group Vietnam’. ED 2475 - ED 2475
The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) (5th SFG (A)) is one of the most decorated active duty United States Army Special Forces groups in the U.S. armed forces. The 5th SFG (A) saw extensive action in the Vietnam War and played a pivotal role in the early months of Operation Enduring Freedom. 5th Group—as it is sometime called—is designed to deploy and execute nine doctrinal missions: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, counter-insurgency, special reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, information operations, counterproliferation of weapon of mass destruction, and security force assistance. These Stiletto daggers by Japan Sword were based on the British FS fighting knife and were presented to numbers of the 5th Special forces group upon completion of tours in Vietnam (see page 136 of Thompson’s Commando dagger where he describes these daggers as “because of the mystique surrounding this unit in Vietnam this is probably the most sought after of the Special forces F.S’s”). This example has the correct FS form grip made up of 3 chequered sections separated by 2 un-chequered bands. The polished 170mm double edged blade with medial ridge is clean and correctly etched on one side ‘5th Special Forces Group Vietnam’. The cross guard is signed by the Japanese manufacturer ‘Japan Sword’ and has the crest of the 5th SFG. The dagger is contained in its original wooden case covered with green leatherette material. The case has a hinged lid and clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with green felt. The interior is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The price for this Vietnam war U.S. Special forces presentation piece includes UK delivery. ED 2475
£895.00

WW2 Wood Hilt Fairbairn- Sykes, FS Far East Commando Fighting Knife & Correct Scabbard. Sn 18266 - 18266
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 grooved grip and an oval 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). One side of the wood has a fine old stable crack near to the cross guard only visible on close inspection. The crack is stable and the hilt and blade secure with no movement. The pommel has the correct screw bolt. It has a 171mm steel dagger blade with medial ridge. The blade has areas of light staining consistent with age. The dagger has its original correct leather scabbard with belt loop and retaining strap with stud fastener. The riveted and stitched scabbard is in the same very good condition, clean with all leather and stitching intact. The leather is impressed ‘Made In Sheffield England’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18266
£475.00

Post 1952 QE II British Wilkinson Sword ‘Best Commando On Course Prize’ Nickel Plated 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With Etched Panel & Scabbard. Sn 18273 - 18273
An original, excellent condition, 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife with etched Wilkinson Sword panel. These quality knives were reputedly presented to the ‘best commando on course’ after completion of their arduous training and are highly prized fully functional fighting knives. The 3rd pattern knife was introduced in 1942 (see page 61 & 62 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives By Flook) and continued to be issued post war. This Commando prize knife has an undamaged ribbed and nickel plated brass handle and oval nickel plated cross guard. It has a clean 180mm dagger blade with medial ridge. The blade has an etched panel on one side ‘Wilkinson Sword Ltd Made In England’ together with crossed swords legend & Queen Elizabeth II Royal Appointment. It is complete with its leather scabbard with external nickel plated chape and single belt loop. It retains its 4 leather sewn on leather tabs and elasticated retaining strap. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18273
£675.00

Original WW2 Era British 2nd Pattern Nickel Plated Officer’s 'Sterile' Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife Later Post War Re-Finished & Engraved ‘In Commemoration Of The Victory Of El-Alamien (Alamein Incorrectly Spelt) & Scabbard. ED 2545 - ED 2545
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. This is an original 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 been re-finished post war & the blade engraved ‘In Commemoration Of The Victory Of El-Alamien (Alamein Incorrectly Spelt). The blade is 166 mm long with medial ridge. The plating on the blade has blemishes. Its scabbard has a nickel plated chape and integral belt with elastic retaining strap & 4 sewn on leather tabs. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2545
£695.00

**MINT**Cased, William Rodgers Sheffield, ‘Operation Desert Storm 17 January 1991’ Commemorative Etched Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife (Choice Of Case Colour). Sn 17157:3 - 17157:3
These full size FS daggers are made to the same exacting standards of specification and detail as FS knives used during WW2 & post war. The knife is near mint, measures 11 ¾” overall length and has a blackened alloy or brass ribbed 3rd pattern FS hilt & blackened steel cross guard. The dagger is by the prestigious cutlers William Rodgers of Sheffield. One side of the polished steel blade is etched ‘To Commemorate Operation Desert Storm 17 January 1991’ within scrolling banners. The cross guard bears the William Rodgers Sheffield England’ name. The dagger is contained in its quality leatherette wrapped wooden case. The case has a hinged lid and clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with black felt. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The price includes UK delivery. (NB A CHOICE OF CASE COLOUR IS AVAILABLE: BLACK,GREEN OR RED). Sn 17157:3
£295.00

SOLD SOLD (11/11) WW2 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife Wilkinson Sword Etched Panels & Banner To ‘Hank Fieberg (Fiebig) 36266305 ’ (Sgt U.S. Army 28th Infantry ‘Bloody Bucket Boys’ Bronze Star Recipient), Scabbard & Research - 17704
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 example has an undamaged knurled and blackened 2nd pattern hilt and blued oval cross guard. It has an undamaged 176mm 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 & blued scrolling banner with name & service number ‘Hank Fieberg 36266305 ’ (correspondence with the dagger indicates that Sgt is also referred to as Fiebig in some documents relating to him). A Dossier of documents accompanying the dagger describe the interesting career of this WW2 Soldier. A Synopsis of the documents states ‘he served with WW2 28th infantry Division nicknamed The bloody Bucket Boys by the Germans due to the casualties they received in action. He was present on D-Day and served in the Battle of The Bulge. He saved his company & captured 4 Nazi troops using just wire cutters (a copy of a period newspaper article with this collection outlines the Sgt’s actions when unarmed he cut through wire allowing he and his colleagues to approach the enemy and pretending the cutters were a side arm capture 4 enemy troops). He was a Bronze Star recipient. An image with the collection shows ‘Hank’ playing a guitar in uniform at an orphanage in Wiltz Germany 5th December 1944. The night before the town was bombed. The dossier also includes copies of the Sgt’s service record / antecedents and some paper copy photos of both he and his family. The dagger is complete with original leather scabbard with external chape and single belt loop. As is common its 4 sewn on leather tabs and elasticated retaining strap are absent. All leather & stitching are intact. The price for this rare item to a named American Soldier who saw much action includes UK delivery. Sn 17704
£0.00

FS Commando Dagger; Hand Made Fitted Display Cases for 2nd & 3rd Patterns, Presentation and Commemorative Daggers. Sn 17694 - 17694
These hand made display cases for the Wilkinson Fairbairn Sykes Commado Daggers. They have been made to display the 2nd and 3rd pattern daggers , also for presentation and commemorative pieces. Each case measures 9.5cm x 3.5 cm x 35 cms. They are covered in leatherette and lined with 'silk'. They make great gifts and enhance any display or collection. We are able to supply cases to fit any knife or dagger and can quote for a case to take individual pieces. These cases are supplied EMPTY. The daggers in the images are NOT included. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17694
£85.00

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

MINT Boxed & Cased Limited Edition No.75 of 7,500 Commemorative 2nd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'The Battle Of The Rhineland' By Wilkinson Sword From The Sterling Silver WW2 Victory Collection By The American Historical Foundation. ED 251 - ED 251
This superb Sterling Silver 2nd pattern FS Commando dagger was issued by The American Historical Foundation to as part of their 'WW2 Victory Collection' to commemorate the WW2 Battle Of The Rhineland. Only 7,500 daggers were produced for the Edition. The full size dagger is 11 3/4" overall length and is in pristine condition. It has a beautiful blade etched on one side with the Wilkinson Sword London name & crossed swords legend together with a depiction of the Remagen Bridge over the River Rhine. The ricasso is stamped with the weapons Edition number '75'. The reverse is etched 'In Honor Of The Battle Of The Rhineland’ with battle honour roll within scrolling panels. The knurled handle and plain cross guard retain all of their original finish. The dagger is contained in its original wooden case covered with grey velour material. The case has a hinged lid and 2 brass clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with grey velour & white silk. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger and the silk interior has the wording 'The World War II Victory Collection, The Battle Of The Rhineland Limited Edition Issued By The American Historical Foundation, Richmond Virginia' all in Gold. Also included is the daggers' certificate of Authenticity issued by the Foundation certifying the dagger as number 75 of 2,500 Worldwide & stating that the knife is ‘Solid Sterling Silver’ together with care instructions. All are contained in their original cardboard shipping box with American Historical Foundation label. Price for this excellent commemorative piece includes UK delivery. ED 251
£875.00
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