WW2 Wilkinson Sword FS dagger 2nd pattern, early bright blade type, original metal-tipped scabbard. Rare Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife in excellent overall condition, considering the age.
Classic early WW2 era British FS “Fairbairn Sykes” fighting dagger manufactured by the famous Wilkinson Sword with early-issue bright dual-edge blade and original metal-tipped leather scabbard. This is an early-issue of the FS’ 2nd pattern manufactured early in the war – taking into the consideration the battlefield experience reports coming from the field, the company had blades blued on the later issues to make the daggers less visible in the dark. This exact FS dagger type is illustrated on page 128 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 scans attached). 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. Allied servicemen carried FS daggers in practically every combat theater in Europe, North Africa and in the Middle East. Looks like one of the US Army Rangers overlooking a beachhead landing in Algeria is sporting one such British-made FS dagger – see the photo scan attached (photo is for reference only).
This WW2 Fairbairn-Sykes dagger in in excellent unused condition – this type is VERY hard to find this nice and complete as most were used in the field as intended. Original factory edge on the blade; the tip is intact. Knurled cast bronze handle is unmarked as intended. Blade’s ricasso is marked WILKINSON SWORD Ltd. LONDON on one side, THE F-S FIGHTING KNIFE on the other. No dings or contact marks on the bronze handle, iron guard, or the blade’s edge – this type is rare this nice. Typical vise-marked narrow-nob bronze pommel and thick iron handguard; all parts are solid with no play. This dagger is about 11-5/8″ / 29.5 cm overall; bright-finish blade is about 6-1/2″ / 16.5 cm. Original leather scabbard is in great shape overall, considering the age. Leather “wings” are intact; the belt hanger part is in great shape with no damage; a flimsy elastic band is torn as common for the type; the top of the hanger is stamped INGLAND. Original metal scabbard’s tip is in great shape with no play; the throat is intact; no typical cuts or “puncture wounds” – this type is VERY scarce this nice. Don’t miss your chance to add this rare original WW2 Wilkinson Sword FS dagger 2nd pattern to your collection!
I’m selling this item on a consignment; a reserve price has been set by the seller. This original WW2 Wilkinson Sword FS dagger 2nd pattern has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it is in 100% original “as is” condition; these are the actual photos. I have several fighting knives made from converted sabers, as well as some scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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