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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying10uk View Post
    Fairbairn Sykes fighting knives were only sharpened once actually issued to a soldier
    No, they're sharp from the factory...

    Is this the knife we discuss?
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    That's the knife and the other Spanish Knife I have is not sharp from the factory. Edge is actually flat much like many bayonets.


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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    No, they're sharp from the factory...
    I do have several examples of the 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knives in my collection that don't have a sharp cutting edge and don't appear to have ever had one. Here is one such example, in my collection.
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    That knife was issued sharp and has been well used. If I take a perfect specimen and plunge it repeatedly into sand it will do two things, remove the crud and remove the edge. Also polishing with a scotchbright will do exactly what you have there.

    That's a well worn and used specimen, not new... Still, very nice knife...
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    Jim, I have seen it in black and white that F/S knives were issued to soldiers unsharpened but I can't remember exactly where, at the moment. As I have mentioned I do have several 2nd pattern F/S knives with no sharp edge. All the 3rd pattern knives that I do have, do have a sharp edge and some of these 3rd pattern knives look factory sharpened while others look hand sharpened. I suspect that there was some variation with some knives leaving the factory with a sharp edge and some not. Likewise, often the 2nd pattern knives don't have the F/S logo on the blade but clearly the example of mine in post 13 does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying10uk View Post
    I have seen it in black and white that F/S knives were issued to soldiers unsharpened
    You'll need to find that then. Anyway, this post wasn't about FS was it? You could start a thread and see if anyone else has ever heard of this anomaly you speak of...
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Anyway, this post wasn't about FS was it? You could start a thread and see if anyone else has ever heard of this anomaly you speak of...
    You raised the anomaly, Jim, not me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying10uk View Post
    You raised the anomaly
    ????? Whatever...
    Regards, Jim

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    And the same to you, Jim!

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