~ 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife And Sheath ~
Here we have one of the second issue Fairbairn Sykes fighting knives, it is very simply a knife designed for knife fighting and close quarters combat, especially surprise and unseen attacks.
The knife has a daggers double edged blade and a very heavy handle shaped, some say, like an old cola bottle and a knurled grip to keep in the hand. The grip is also long so it can be held either in a hammer grip, ice pick grip or a fencers (or handshake) grip, making for a very versatile fighting blade.
The second pattern F-S fighting knife has a flat grip that replaced the S guard of the first pattern.
This one has survived rather well, it still has its point and the remains of a sharpened edge.
This variant of the second pattern is marked with a shield like stamp on the grip but I was unable to track the maker.
The original sheath comes with its elastic strap and its point guard.
~ Dimensions ~
This knife is made to standard issue patterns.
The knife is 11 ¾ inches long.
The guard is 2 Inches wide and 5/8ths of an inch thick.
The blade is 6 ¾ long.
It weighs 630 grams.
~ Condition ~
The knife is in rather good condition, it has retained most of its blackening and has gone to a rather appealing bronze colour.
There are no nicks or casting marks and the blade is in good condition.
The sheath has minimal wear aside from some minor scuffs on the back.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £12 or the knife can be collected from our shop.