This is a fairbanks-Sykes fighting knife. Made famous by the British special forces during WWII. The design of the knife
consists of a metal handle in the rough shape of a Coke bottle. A series of rings are casted onto the handle to provide
The crossguards are of oval shape with the ends pointing slightly down.
The crossguard of this Fairbanks Sykes knife is marked with "William Rodgers, Sheffield, England". The blade is very
sleak and of double edge construction.
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clearly defined points that should be noted.
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The scabbard is of leather construction with a seam in the back. The tip is made of brass and is secured using
a brass rivet. The throat does not have any support but probably did at one point.
This edge weapon is currently being reproduced.
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
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Military Fighting Knives Price Guide
identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Army Air Force, USMC and other organizations.