WW2 British RM Commando's Beaded & Ribbed
F-S Knife, sold.
With WW2 Italian theatre provenance, a Beaded & Ribbed Fairbairn-Sykes
F-S Fighting Knife. Sold for display at the officer's mess, 40 Comando
Bought by us directly from the son of a former WW2 Royal marine
commando, believed to have been in the 40 Commando, Royal Marines.
This knife is clearly well worn and was worn / used in active service
in Italy. Please see the companion knife; WW2
British Royal Marine Commando's Beads & Ridges Model F-S Fighting
Knife. The son says his father bought both knives back when
he was de mobbed in Malta in 1946, and he believes one of the two
knives was that of his father's fallen friend and comrade (supposition
as he admits his father never, ever discussed the war). But the
story seems credible as why else would a commando have two knives,
and both knives have the same acceptance mark, broad arrow over
6, so it seems probably these two knives were issued to members
of the same commando unit. We do not know which of the two knives
was issued to which commando; the one that survived or the one that
is believed to have died in action.
Although a few good condition (believed to be surplus) beaded and
ribbed Fairbairn Sykes exist on the market, it is rare to come across
one that clearly was carried and likely used. There is some of the
original black field paint on the bras grip, but not much; another
sign the knife had been tightly grasped in a commando's hot sweaty
hand several times. The 6 5/8 inch blade has been period sharpened
and there are some apparently period nicks etc to the cutting edge
which indicate some use (the nicks have a patina consistent with
the general patina age of the blade). The knife is firm. The original
leather and metal shoe sheath is in very used and aged condition.
Really, when you hold this item, you will not be in any doubt this
knife saw an arduous service life during WW2.
The used status / provenance puts the value of this Fairbairn Sykes
above better condition ex-stores itemst. Full sized photos available
upon request. Please quote item reference number E99 (851).