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WW2 British RM Commando's Beads & Ridges Model F-S Knife, sold.

With WW2 Italian theatre provenance, a Beads and Ridges model Fairbairn-Sykes F-S Fighting Knife.

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This is the second of two beads & ridges model F-S fighting knives 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 Beaded & Ribbed Fairbairn Sykes Knife. The son states that his father bought both knives back when he was de mobbed in Malta in 1946, and further that 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) beads and ridges 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 1/2 inch blade has lost the final 1/8 inch of its tip; close examination shows the break point has patina, so we believe the damage is period. The blade has been period sharpened and there is some slight damage / wear to the curtting edge which indicates some use (the cutting edge wear has 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. Clearly, 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 items. Full sized photos available upon request. Please quote item reference number F01 (852).

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