WW2 Fairbairn Sykes dagger British 3rd pattern, blued blade, original leather scabbard included. Excellent overall condition for the type; scarce this nice.
Classic WW2 era British “Fairbairn Sykes” fighting dagger with razor-sharp original factory edge blade and original leather scabbard; this is FS’ 3rd pattern manufactured during the war. Originally designed as the “commando dagger” for the elite British special-ops forces, these “FS” fighting knives became super-popular with the British and American servicemen stationed in the UK during the war. The allied servicemen carried FS daggers in practically every combat theater in Europe, North Africa and in the Middle East. This exact type is illustrated on page 133 of the KNIVES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WORLD WAR II book by Michael W Silvey – a well-established expert an author of many books on the subject of US military edged weapons (see the book’s page scan attached).
This WW2 Fairbairn-Sykes dagger is only slightly used – better than average condition for the type. The blade appears to have an original edge; it’s razor-sharp still; needle-like tip is intact – VERY rare this nice. Grooved cast handle is marked with a small number “2” near the pommel; there are a couple of contact marks on the grooms near the guard- see photos. Typical domed bronze pommel and thick iron handguard; all parts are solid with no play. The guard is stamped ENGLAND on the underside; there is an old inventory collection paper sticker on the other side (could easily be removed if you decide to do so). This dagger is about 11-3/4″ / 30 cm overall; the blade is about 7″ / 17.8 cm; original bluing on the blade is mostly intact. Original dark-brown “sew-on” leather scabbard is in great shape; all stitching is intact; bronze scabbard tip is tight and secure; the upper belt hanger is stamped ENGLAND in small letters on the front. An elastic band keeper is torn and there is a small puncture near the metal tip – typical for the type. The back has number 23 written with a marker; no other detractions – this type is scarce this nice.
This classic British WW2 Fairbairn-Sykes dagger has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it is in 100% original “as is” condition; these are the actual photos. Don’t miss your chance to add this original WW2 British Fairbairn Sykes dagger to your collection!
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