Wooden hilt Wilkinson Sword "Tom Beasley"
F-S Knife (sold)
A very rare F-S knife, a truncated Tom Beasley motto (the rarest
kind) World War 1939-1945 commemorative version adapted for commando
Only 500 special edition "Tom Beasley" blades were made
by Wilkinson, this is one of the rarer version with the so called
"truncated" Tom Beasley motto (slightly fewer words than
the main production item); "Hand forged by Tom Beasley, the
famous sword smith". On the other side is the Wilkinson logo
and "Commando Fighting Knife World War 1939 - 1945". These
knives were normally made with ivorine (imitation ivory) grips.
This is one of the few to have a grip suitable for actual commando
use, a wooden hilt. Wooden hilts were popular with air crews and
commandos in the tropics, so there is a good chance, given the well
worn condition of a genuine commando's leather sheath, this F-S
knife saw action in Malaysia fighting the communist guerillas or
in the Korean War. In any event, these knives normally sell for
in excess of £1000, so my price is exceptional and serious
F-S collectors should bite my hand off. Full sized / additional
photos available upon request. My item reference number is 873.