British Fairbairn-Sykes Commando Dagger

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An original example of a British Fairbairn-Sykes Commando Dagger.  Probably post-war and of 3rd Pattern.  The British Commando knife was first designed and introduced in 1940 by William Fairbairn and Eric Sykes, who taught combative training methods for wartime special forces.  These included the SOE, Commandos, U.S Rangers and OSS.  It was known as the FS Fighting knife but was not designed primarily as a fighting knife, but designed to be used in silent killing such as despatching enemy sentries.

Commando knife used by special forces

The effective use of this iconic knife was taught to various special forces at Highland training centres such as Lochailort Special Training Centre (STC) and Achnacarry (Commando Basic Training Centre (CBTC) from 1942-1945).  This is the 2nd pattern and was manufactured by many companies throughout the UK, including as in this case, William Rodgers of Sheffield.  This knife comprises a black painted and grooved steel grip and blued blade.  The knife is maker marked to the top of the knife's crossguard.  The knife comes with a special hunting knife type scabbard.  The blade has some light corrosion in places but retains most of the original blueing.  Blade length is 6.75 inches (12 inches overall).

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