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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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    Default British Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife

    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 ID and establishing a value so it can be sold to somebody who will do it justice.
    From my own research it appears to be a WWII British Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife. It features the following:
    -"England" stamped on the crosshandle
    - An arrow type stamp on the bottom of the handle
    - On the top portion of the handle there is a "1" stamped
    - The sheath is leather and in good condition, i.e. not brittle
    I have have not attempted to clean it up or remove any tarnish as I'm not an expert in this field and don't want to screw it up.
    Any help with verifying the origin and value would be greatly appreciated.
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    Hi Astarman , your FS knife is of ww11 era production or just after . Thousands of these were found to be surplus to requirements just after the war and were exported to the USA to help pay off our war debt ! These were all stamped with England on the crossguard . The number 1 on the grip identifies the mould from which the grip was made , and you can also see the WD arrow . I don`t know of the value but would imagine it to be between £70 - £100
    REGARDS AL

    We are the Pilgrims , master, we shall go
    Always a little further : it may be
    Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
    Across that angry or that glimmering sea...

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    Default Re: British Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife

    Is it something that a collector would want or no? I'm really clueless but don't want good antiques to go to waste sitting in my garage.

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    i`m sure there`s a market for them , why not advertise to sell it on this site !
    REGARDS AL

    We are the Pilgrims , master, we shall go
    Always a little further : it may be
    Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
    Across that angry or that glimmering sea...

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    FS knives will always sell They are popular items.

    Cheers, Ade.

    PS: Welcome to the forum!

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    If your going to throw it out,Ill be happy to take it off your hands!
    This knife was made during ww2 but given to America post-war just like Alan said

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    Hi Emil, we did not give them away, but sold them as surplus on the US market.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Thank you for the information. I have posted the knife on Ebay with some other knives that have been passed down to include some Lee Enfield bayonets. Again thanks.

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    Good luck selling it,Im sure it will ADLEAST get up to $100, I guess Ill stick to my reproduction knife (Yes reproductions are being made so they must be worth a little more then your average bayonet)

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    Got a link to your ebay auction?

    Thanks,
    W

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