Hi, new forum member here looking for some info about a family weapon that has recently come into my possession.
As far as I have managed to find out from Google searching, this appears to be a 2nd or 3rd pattern Fairburn Sykes Fighting Knife with a Beaded and Roped handle design.
This knife belonged to my Grand Father and our known history is thus: he joined the army in April 1933 as a band boy (Devonshire Regiment), went to India in October 1933 and Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1942. He then volunteered for the newly formed Army Air Corps in 1943 (which became the Parachute Regiment - he was in 2nd Battalion) and was transferred to B Reserve (territorials) in May 1946. He is known to have parachuted into Normandy on D-Day in the first wave of soldiers to go in after the gliders had landed. He is no longer alive.
Pictures are attached I hope. What light can anyone shed on this weapon please?