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Article about: These are not ww2 but I thought you SF guys might like them. I have always had an interest in Elite forces. From British commandos to Darby's rangers to the FSSF. From ww2 through Vietnam an

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    These are not ww2 but I thought you SF guys might like them.

    I have always had an interest in Elite forces. From British commandos to
    Darby's rangers to the FSSF. From ww2 through Vietnam and beyond.

    Most of my collecting interest in these areas has been some patches and
    some fighting knives. ---- Here are 3 blades from the Vietname era.

    A Gerber Mk2, a Randall model 15 and a John Ek model #2.

    The Ek is named to a SF captain serving in Vietnam. He sent the knife back to the Ek factory (from Vietnam) to have a crossguard installed. Instead, Ek sent
    him a new knife and this knife spent many years in the Ek showroom at the
    Ek factory. This knife was bought from Gary Ek after the closing of the factory.
    I have a letter from John Ek confirming the story.
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    Last edited by Chopperman; 09-11-2010 at 04:11 AM.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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    MMMMMMMMMMM ! Love them, Greg !

    Great info you have with the Ek model !

    I have owned two 'modern' Ek knives ( Richmond era ) M5's.
    The one I currently have is a double edged M5 Micarta..........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    I did once own one of the WW2 Fairbairn Sykes "cast handle" fighting knifes issued to the US troops in Britain during WW2.
    I gather these were (and are) quite rare ...

    Regards

    Gary J.
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    Thanks for the comments.
    I have a few British commando knives of my own. A couple #2s and some #3s.
    Nothing fancy.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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    Greg,
    I gather the US special forces were impresssed with the Fairbairn, and ordered a batch for themselves.
    ..However, noticing the cast handle, .. it is fixed to the tang, and non-removable, unlike the British issue patterns.

    I think the manufacturer tried to get away with a cheaper production method, and thus, these types stand out !

    Cheers

    Gary J.

    PS .. I gather your into bikes from your avaitar ??? ... I've got a twin cam 88 FXDXi

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    Greg, nice blades. I am into those Gerbers too for some reason :- )

    I have a few MKI & MKII

    Also two old EKs

    The Randall is a beaut and quite sought after AFAIK

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    A web reference to the cast handle FS ..

    Commando knives with different hilts

    Gary J.

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    Quote by Gary J View Post
    PS .. I gather your into bikes from your avaitar ??? ... I've got a twin cam 88 FXDXi
    I'm an old biker from way back. Been riding for close to 40 years. Currently own a HD and
    an old Triumph Chopper.

    There was a thread showing a bunch of forum members bikes but the search function does
    not seem to go back past the forum update ????????????
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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