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WW2 Wilkinson Sword Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife 1st Pattern (sold).

A rare first pattern F-S Fighting Knife by Wilkinson Sword, almost certainly carried by a US commando.

WW2 Wilkinson Sword Fairbairn-Sykes F-S Fighting Knife 1st Pattern

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No stores number stamped to the hilt / grip, so a weapon actually carried by an officer or more likely a US commando. The cross guard is bent out of shape a little one side; I could easily bang it back into shape but I understand the damage came from a rough and tumble adventure with the original user. I have nothing to verify this, as I was told by mouth, but I do not think the person would have cause to fabricate the story as they too knew they could very easily mallet it back into shape. I have left it as it is, as I like battle scared items. The sheath is comes apart into its two composite sections. The 14.4cm blade has been period sharpened and is firm in the hilt, a little movement of the crossguard as you would expect. The blade length (just under 6 inches) indicates it was carried / used by a US commando, as they had a preference for 6 inch blades (their own Applegate-Fairbairn fighting knife for US commandos having a 6 inch blade). An evocative investmen. Full sized photos available upon request. Item reference number = A80 (445).

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