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British Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife

Article about: This knife has been passed down from my grandfather to my Dad to me. I however am not a collector, nor were they, and would hate to see it go to waste. I'm looking for help in verifying its

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    Gary Hebert
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    I have a F/S knife broad arrowhead and 1940 date stamped on guard. On the handle it has ( looks like ) a crown and the letters W D would like to know there meaning?

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    Pictures would really help.
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  3. #13
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    1940 stamped on a fairbairn, ... I suspect this to have been done by the owner rather than the manufacturer ....

    The WD and crown are for "War Department"

    Gary J.
    (Yes .. pictures would help ..)

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    Theres a few posts missing but its still a good resource for F-S knives

    Fairbairn Sykes

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    Gary Hebert
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    Another thing to add about my F/S knife other than the date 1940 and broad head on the guard ,is along with the crown and WD on the handel there is a v also on it. Would like to know what these marking mean? Thanks Airborne Gary

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    Sounds like some dodgy markings?

    I don't think there should be any WD markings on a FS knife, some had the broad arrow but I think they had stopped using W ^ D by the time the FS knives were on the go? I don't think I've seen a WWII knife of any type with W D on it?

    Sounds like there are far too many markings on the thing? Most FS knives had hardly any marks on them yet this one has a load of them? The 1940 date would only apply to a first pattern I think and I don't think any were dated?

    Without pictures it's really a bit of guesswork?

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    Gary Hebert
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    Thanks for the info . Will try to take pictures soon. Airborne Gary

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    Gary...when you say "broad arrowhead" what do you mean?
    The arrowhead was the shoulder flash of the 1st Special Forces...?
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    ...btw...these knives here in Southern Ontario, if they are the ones used by the Special Forces go for about 1000-2000 Canadian in these parts.

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    Quote by SatansCabanaBoy View Post
    Gary...when you say "broad arrowhead" what do you mean?
    The arrowhead was the shoulder flash of the 1st Special Forces...?
    ScB, Not broad arrowhead.

    'Broad Arrow' marks were used on a lot of British equipment, similar to
    our 'broad arrow C'. I'm sure you've seen these markings before.

    Also, original Fairbairn Sykes knives of the first pattern with 'S' shaped
    crossguards do sell for big money, not these second or
    third generation pieces.

    The '1st Special Service Force' knife is usually called the "V42 stiletto"
    (with a 'skull-crusher' pointed pommel ! ) These are different from
    the FS series. I think these are the knives you are referring to
    at $2000 + prices.






    Regards, Steve.

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