Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife 1st Pattern
Wilkinson Sword made Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife 1st Pattern,
complete with sheath / scabbard and commando's initials.
This is an exceptionally rare (under 500 made) first pattern of
the famous Wilkinson Sword made Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife used
by British and also allied commandos during the second world war.
Copied extensively, I guarantee this to be an original. The original
commando's initials are still just visible on the leather sheath,
"P.S.", so it may be possible to ascertain his full name
and with it the prospect of learning if this knife was used in action;
the edges have been sharpened in the past.
I bought this knife in the UK from an estate sale, where the widow
was selling her late husband's militaria because they terrified
her! Her husband was not in the commandos during world war two,
he was a collector in the early 1960's, before these first pattern
knives started being reproduced. This F-S is perfect right down
to the slightly skewed Wilkinson Sword logo etched on the reverse
side (see plate 6 on page 3 of "Allied Military Fighting Knives
And The Men Who Made Them Famous" by Robert A. Buerlein. It
is a very good example in overall clean condition and with the original
elastic worn and baggy, but still intact (most are broken). Further
pictures available upon request.