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J. Nowill & Sons 3rd Pattern Fairbairn-Sykes Knife

Availability: Out of stock

$139.00

Quick Overview

Designed by Captains W.E. Fairbairn and E.A. Sykes at the Commando Special Training Centre, located in the Scottish Highlands at Achnacarry, the Fairbairn-Sykes knife was adopted by the British Army and soon proved extremely popular with British special forces.

Details

The Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife was designed by Captains W.E. Fairbairn and E.A. Sykes at the Commando Special Training Centre, located in the Scottish Highlands at Achnacarry. Both former members of the Shanghai Police Force, Fairbairn and Sykes had returned to England at the beginning of the Second World War, where they were commissioned as Captains to instruct British Commandos in knife fighting, unarmed combat, and self defence. The knife was adopted by the British Army and soon proved extremely popular with British special forces.

The 3rd Pattern FS knife was introduced in around September of 1942. In an effort both increase production and make the knife cheaper to produce a new cast grip was introduced. Thought to be the design of the Joseph Rodgers firm, this grip had 27 concentric rings and was cast in a non-strategic alloy. The blades were machine forged, although a small number were made with hand-ground blades in 1942.

Specifications

SPECIFICATION METRIC IMPERIAL
Overall Length 296mm 11.65"
Blade Length 178mm 7"
Blade Thickness 5.1mm 0.2"
Blade Type Needle Point
Blade Steel High Carbon
Weight 0.22 Kg 0.49 lb
Handle Material Zinc Alloy
Sheath Material Leather
Made in England