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Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern Commando Knife

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    "I have one of these knives in my posession for over 25 years , I now know it's FS 3rd pattern fighting knike. It looks exactly like the one in the picture. Peculiar to mine is some markings on the handle towards the hilt. there a pair of cross keys beside the letter "D" which has a star on the top, would love to know what the markings mean, anybody help ?

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    Easy"


    Hello Easy,

    Sounds like a Nohill and Son FS, post war F-S and still being made today. Hexagonal pommelnut i asume? Any markings on the crossguard?? Could you post a pictue??

    Thanks, Ruben
    Last edited by rvr; 12-02-2010 at 08:27 PM.

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ID:	159921I have what I believe is a Wilkinson 3rd pattern FS. The pommel is much rounder than the one in this picture and there are no markings on the blade or hilt. There is a stamped "Made in England" on the heel end of the handle. It has 27 rings which is the standard for a 3rd. The blade is black and sharp as a razor. there are no pits and just a very slight amount of rust or dried blood on the blade side of the hilt. Definitely WW2 as the man who bought this home to the US was in CBI. The scabbard leather and stitching are all in good condition but the elastic is somewhat dried out and lost it's tension. The top of the scabbard says Made in England too. Any ideas what this is worth?
    I also have a short samurai and a Gurkha knife with 8 tools attached.
    Last edited by BillH; 12-02-2010 at 07:12 PM.

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    Pictures....pictures

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    The pommel nut is rounded not hex. No markings on the cross guard. I think it's an export but the GI who owned it bought it home from CBI along with a Samurai sword and a Gurkha Blade.

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    Sent pics. Sorry about the blurry ones. They show Made in England on the handle.

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    Hello BillH,

    Interesting 3th pattern, its i think late WW2 manufatured but the "made in england" marking was done somewhere after 1945 and 1947 so postwar, differently than the "england" only marked examples as this was probably a private sale. Not the batch that went oversees for payment of the war effort.
    The blood, well most probably its rust but an interesting 3th because of the made in england stamp!
    Scabbard is also correct and lost the original (brown) elastic band although parts are still visible.

    Regards, Ruben

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    Any ideas what this is worth?

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    This one has just been offered to me. It appears to be a genuine 3rd pattern, and the mark on the crossguard appears to be a crowsfoot and something else, or as described by the seller "an I with what looks like a three pronged almost trident over it"

    Am I correct that this appears to be a genuine WWII issue FS?

    Can anyone provide guidance as to what a reasonable offer price would be? This is a friendly transaction and I want to give fair value to the seller.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.






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    Hi, and welcome to the ofrum!

    Looks like a good wartime Indian marked knife.

    No idea on current values, sorry.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Very interesting thread. I have had a similar bayonet since the early 70's and it is marked ' William Rodgers Sheffield England' with no other markings. i guess post war?

    Mark.

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