William Rodgers Fairbairn-Sykes Commando Knife with SAS Badge
NOTE : We only have limited quantities of these left and we doubt there will ever be any more due to import regulations issues. Be very quick for this very collectible genuine historical knife that will only gain in value!
William Rodgers Fairbairn-Sykes Commando Knife with forged carbon steel blade and ribbed handle.
A full official specification for this knife would not be written until 1946, but manufacture continued at a number of companies, with more changes to the design being made as demand increased yet further, resulting in what is now known as the third pattern. Most manufacturers now favoured a fully machine ground blade such that the central grinding line ran the complete length of the blade. (More recently, the introduction of a small flat “v” shape enabled a better fit where the blade meets the guard). The chequered knurled handle was replaced by one with 27 concentric rings to aid grip, thought to be the idea of Joseph Rodgers of Sheffield. The brass handle material was replaced with a non-strategic alloy. The new handle would have been easier to cast and would have been requiring of little or no remedial work.
The current third pattern design ( the one on sale here) is based on specification E/1323E which was issued on 30 November 1949 and it is covered by NATO Stock Number: 1095 99 963 2037. Specification E/1323E demands that the knife has no markings whatsoever and that it balances at particular point (1 1/32” plus or minus 1/16” from the underside of the cross guard). This balancing point however, was not as many believe, to aid the knife’s flight if used as a throwing knife; rather it is critical to enable it to be tossed from hand to hand without the user taking his eyes off his adversary.
The knife is still in use by British Commandos to this day and has been carried by countless heroes. So important and iconic has the knife become to the regiment that it even proudly appears on the Commando badge. It is inconceivable to think that the Commandos would ever enter a conflict without carrying their trusty F-S knife as their predecessors did in World War II.
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