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    Fairbairn Sykes fighting dagger identification

    Hi all
    New member (registered today) on recommendation of Peter Laidlericon who writes knowledgeably on another forum I use (classic 60ís miniís).
    Peter tells me if anyone can help you guys can ?
    To cut a long story short I have found this knife in a old rotten damp shed and am primarily interested in finding out itís origin and age .
    It has like a Xmas tree symbol and either 52 or B2 stamped on the blade guard .

    Obviously I need to show a photo but cannot see how I upload a photo on here so will also need help with this .
    Many thanks
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    Try this for help with pics. It's not nearly as complicated as it may first appear.

    https://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=28752

    I think that it will be a B2 on the cross piece of your knife, making it desirable.

    It's difficult to know what you have exactly without seeing images of it.

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    It's a 2nd pattern and looks good so far from what I can see of it.

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    Many thanks for swift reply Flying10 much appreciated.
    Any idea of decade or even year these were made ?
    Also any indication of what forces would have received this ?
    Would love to know the history of this as I find it very fascinating.
    I will try later on to upload a better image
    Cheers and thanks
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    Try this link Roy Shadbolt is the resident guru of the F/S knife http://wilkinsonfscollection.com/

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    I will do , many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremyl View Post
    Any idea of decade or even year these were made ?
    Also any indication of what forces would have received this ?
    Would love to know the history of this as I find it very fascinating.
    They were first made during WW2 as a cheaper and easier alternative to the first pattern F/S fighting knife.

    Which ever forces needed a fighting knife would have received it, such as, Commandos, SAS and what would have been the Britishicon resistance had the Germans invaded, known as Auxiliary Units.

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    Can the OP post any better pics and some close ups, also of the scabbard, shame the condition of the blade, handle looks good but need close up. I know a man who could possibly sort the blade if its the real deal, if you can get better pics.



    I passed on a similar condition knife a few weeks back, blade was too far gone unfortunately,
    it would of been a handle for £180, daft when you can pick up a 2nd pattern knife for £400
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    Nice Wilkinson 2nd pattern - B2 and Broad Arrow markings are correct for this knife.
    This pattern was made between 12th of August 1941 until the end of 1943.
    Blade looks pitted - hopefully just dirty.
    Even pitted those are valuable pieces now.
    $400-$500 and up over here.

    Here's some info: http://www.gotavapen.se/gota/artikla..._knife_p22.htm

    Nice find.
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