Thanks to a friend who alerted me to a local auction held this past Saturday I added two F-S knives to the collection, the star being this all-nickel 2nd Pattern. It was easier finding a 1st pattern than one of these. Ideally it would have been a Wilkinson etched version, but those few times these rarities popped up the price well exceeded the meager funds in hobby coffer. Can’t complain about this knife though. The photos really don’t do it justice, especially the bright near flawless blade with perfect factory edge.
The nickel F-S knives came in three versions: the aforementioned etched blade, and the /I\ 56 and /I\ 60 marked. The latter being the scarcer of the two. The /I\ 56 inspection mark is found stamped on the cross guard whereas the /I\ 60 is on the handle, as in this example.
The scabbard has been mismatched along the way as my understanding is that issue scabbards had the nickel finish chape. But otherwise also in top condition with seldom seen intact elastic strap.
Hope you guys had a great weekend as well!