Fairbairn-Sykes OSS Knife
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The US version of the Fairbairn-Sykes knives, the OSS knife was made by the firm Landers, Frary & Clark. The knives proved to be of inferior quality and the blades, having a longer and narrower tip than the Fairbairn-Sykes knives, and were prone to bending and breaking.
In June 1942, 10,000 stilettos were ordered from the firm of Landers, Frary & Clark. These knives proved to be of inferior quality, and in October 1942, following improved specifications, more knives were supplied from the same firm. Despite these improved specifications the knives proved to be of inferior quality. The blades had a longer and narrower tip than the Fairbairn-Sykes knives, and were prone to bending and breaking. The handle was similar to that used on the 2nd Pattern 'Fat Man', although, unique among Fairbairn-Sykes knives, the checkering extended all the way to the guard.
This original OSS knife is in very good condition, although unfortunately, the tip has broken. The blade retains much of its blued finish, which has a decidedly red tinge. While much of the black painted finish has worn from the handle, the handle is still in very good condition. There are no examiners or makers mark on the knife.
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.
|Manufacturer||Landers, Frary & Clark|
|Weight||0.23 Kg||8 oz|