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An extremely rare, knife that some suggest might have influenced the F-S knife design. It is known as a "Shakespear Knife" named after British Army Major William Henry Shakespear who designed it for use while hunting dangerous game in India. Born in India in 1871, Captain William Shakespear was one of the last Victorian explorers. From 1898 he served in India with the Devonshire Regiment and Bengal Lancers, before moving to the Indian Political Department.In 1904, Shakespear became Consul at Bandar Abbas, Iran. Our example was almost certainly made by Wilkinson for Manton of London & Calcutta. Manton would have retailed these knives in their Calcutta (India) store. It is unusual to see a Shakespear knife with a fullered blade (a Shakespear knife similar to ours but without fullers is illustrated on page 14 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives by Flook). The knife has a 179mm spearpoint, double edged blade with fullers and measures 293mm overall length. The blade is undamaged and has staining consistent with age. One side has an etched panel ‘Shakespear’ the reverse ‘Manton London & Calcutta’. The stippled wood hilt has knocks and bumps consistent with age and use. One side of the hilt has an old stable and secure crack. The knife comes with its original leather bound wood scabbard with scabbard retaining clip and locket at the throat. The scabbard has its original leather frog with belt loop. The leather has some scuffs to be expected but all leather & stitching are intact. The price for this item, arguably the most scarce British fighting knife with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 16396