Fine, Scarce WWII Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife
The Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting
Knife is a double-edged knife with
a foil grip developed by
William Ewart Fairbairn
and Eric Anthony Sykes in Shanghai
before World War II, but made famous during the War when issued to British Commandos, including the SAS. The Wilkinson Sword Company made the knife with minor pommel and grip design variations. The F-S Fighting Knife
is of interest mainly to collectors, because of its sleek appearance and historical associations. The knife is strongly associated with the
British commandos and the US OSS and Marine Raiders (who based their issued knife on the Fairbairn-Sykes), among other special forces / clandestine / raiding units. It features in the insignia of the British Royal Marines, the Dutch
Commando Corps, founded in the UK during World War II, the Australian 2nd Commando Regiment, and the United States Army Rangers. A solid gold F-S Fighting Knife is part of the commandos' memorial at Westminster Abbey. The first batch of fifty F-S Fighting Knives were produced in January 1941 by Wilkinson Sword Ltd after Fairbairn and Sykes had traveled down to their factory from the Special Training Centre at Lochailort in November 1940 to discuss
their ideas for a fighting knife..
This specimen is in excellent condition with a nice aged patina. The British markings are sharp and readable. It comes with original sheath which is excellent save only a separation in the elastic backing. M274-17 YZZ 675 875 [Thanks for looking and please e-mail us with any questions PRIOR to bidding. Please note Hansen & Hansen payment policy and terms: Standard shipping, handling and insurance is approximately 12.00 in continental United States but we will calculate shipping and insurance based upon geographical location. We gladly accept money orders, bank checks and personal checks. Credit card orders (VISA AND MASTER CARD ONLY) charged 3.95% additional for use. Hansen & Hansen wishes to expedite each order received, however we ship 80-100 items weekly, therefore orders paid by money orders or bank checks are cleared for shipping 5-7 days after deposited funds show in our account. Shipping date is scheduled ONLY AFTER VERIFICATION TAKES PLACE AND FFL/C&R IS RECEIVED (IF APPLIES). This is 5-7 days after WE receive order by mail - NOT customer date mailed and postmarked and after credit card funds are posted. Credit card orders exceeding 0 must be cleared through customer’s bank before shipping. Personal checks are accepted but orders are held UP TO 3 WEEKS after deposit of funds before items released for shipping. IF you have special instructions or require overnight or expedited shipping please advise at time of ordering and we will gladly prioritize shipping FOR AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE. THIS IS OUR POLICY and we encourage bidders to PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND OUR POLICY BEFORE BIDDING. We would be pleased to answer ANY questions by phone (our toll free number is 1-800-571-7337 or e-mail email@example.com.
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