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    western NY
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    collecting fighting knives especially Fairbairn Sykes. Kenjutsu, karate, celtic/Scottish history, long range target shooting, handgunning, reloading ammo
  1. if you take a look at this page of my website you will see that although this large top nut is less common, it is found on a lot of 3rd pattern knives. Maybe one specific maker? OK, I cannot get the link to work. Go to my site at fairbairn sykes fighting knives.com Under the page on "minutiae" scroll down to "top nuts" and you'll find examples.
  2. I am pretty sure the wider bolster at the guard is the remnant of the original 3rd pattern handle and the rest was turned down to the smaller diameter. That's a lot of work and makes the handle quite small for gripping. Anyway nice find. I forgot to mention, based on the finish of the blade and guard it is a WW-II knife probably made in 1943-45.
  3. I think you're right and a great deal for $40
  4. its really odd how they used two knurling tools?? I have not seen a knife like this before although the blade and guard appear to be standard British F-S parts. The more I study these the more odd ball versions I find!
  5. it is possible this is a lathe turned 3rd pattern handle that was then checkered and the grooves cut in. It is also possible it was made that way for Indonesian forces. Does it look like the top nut has been removed? Plier or vise grip marks on the brass nut? What is the diameter on the main body of the handle? That might tell me more. An interesting find for sure.
  6. OK now I see where you were going. The guard is mild steel and clamping the knife in a vise, by the blade, the arms of the guard could easily be bent or hammered down. Unfortunately this often loosens the handle assembly and re-straightening it does not usually work out real well. Sometimes guards were bent accidently by men using the knives as throwing knives. A bad throw could bend the guard or tang, or break the blade. Many blades were also broken by prying open lids on cans or trying to cut open cans.
  7. I would NOT try to remove the nut. It may snap the tang or ruin the nut. The tang is peened over and should be left as is or you will ruin the value of the knife! It is taking a chance that straightening the guard will not cause it to crack as well. So I suggest you enjoy it as is with minimal cleaning. I have one that had a bent guard but I forget which knife it is. Also most of the kniveswere not sharpened until the introduction of the third pattern. Many fine knives were messed up by people with grinders and electric kitchen knife sharpeners.
  8. the B2 and England stamps are quite commonly found together as is the England stamp for import into the USA. The leather handle was nicely done. I like these maverick knives.
  9. I would avoid Spanish ones and ones from Pakistan and Taiwan.
  10. Hello, This is a nice second pattern knife but the bent guard was a modification made by some owner. This was done sometimes to prevent jambing one's thumb against the guard in a thrust. It was rumored that if you hit a hard piece of gear you could break your thumb or pop-off the thumb nail. In actuality the knife ought to be held with the thumb laid across the flat of the guard, blade flatwise. This orientation increases the odds if the blade passing smoothly between ribs without getting stuck in the "green" rib bones. The J. Marshall knives are indeed very hard to find. Some people say the M
  11. I missed the OSS Stiletto at first glance. Another had one to find in that mint condition!
  12. very nice collection, especially lucky to have a Fatman. They are hard to find.
  13. someone added them at a later date the only ones that came with serrations were the AlMar knives made in the 1980s??
  14. here is my website if it will help www.fairbairnsykesfightingknives.com
  15. Yes it appears to be a legitimate WW-II knife but I am not sure by whom. Usually if it is a Wilkinson there are obvious etches. Otherwise usually a nickel plated one is marked ^56.
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