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The latest issue of Knife World has an interesting and well done article on the F-S Knives of WW2. It is a two part series with the second to follow next issue. I forgot to note the name of the author. I will try to remember to make note of that and will post it here.

 

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Charlie

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The latest issue of Knife World has an interesting and well done article on the F-S Knives of WW2. It is a two part series with the second to follow next issue. I forgot to note the name of the author. I will try to remember to make note of that and will post it here.

 

Regards,

Charlie

 

Charlie,

 

The author of the article is my friend Roy Shadbolt. Here is a link to his website:

 

http://www.wilkinsonfscollection.com/wilkinsonfscollection.com/Home.html

GB

 

 

 

 

 

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Charlie,

 

The author of the article is my friend Roy Shadbolt. Here is a link to his website:

 

http://www.wilkinsonfscollection.com/wilkinsonfscollection.com/Home.html

 

Yes, GB, Roy Shadbolt was the author whose name I failed to recall. He did a very nice job on the article.

 

I have a few F-S knives in my collection but have not studied them much since my focus is primarily US. I did not realize that the author of the article was so renowned in the field, but indeed he is which perhaps explains why the KW article was so worthwhile.

 

Regards,

Charlie

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thanks Gunbarrel. It has been a real fun time sharing our knives with people and getting them out to photograph. Some of the gerbers (and such) need better photos but all in good time. We have been very lucky to acquire some very rare knives in the past 3 years.

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Anyone have any experience with the Fairbairn and OSS replicas made by MacDonald Arms in Scotland?

 

http://www.macdonaldarms.com/armoury/forsale.php

 

Jim

Greetings Jim,

 

Here’s a comparison shot of two of the Macdonald Armouries knives purchased directly from them with two originals of the same patterns. Quality of finish on the Pattern #1 is a little nicer than on the Pattern #2 I received. Both are very well made and would presumably perform as well as their original counterparts.

 

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Lance

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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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someone added them at a later date the only ones that came with serrations were the AlMar knives made in the 1980s??

 

And the AlMars that I have seen where all serrated down towards the ricasso area.

 

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Picked up a B2 2nd pattern this weekend in Tulsa and thought I'd take some shots of it with the other few I have.

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Hello Gentlemen,

 

I'm posting my question here, because I thought it would be the right place.I took a closer look on the etchings of some the Wilkinson F-S knives and I wondered what is the reason that some etchings are very deep and the other ones are looking as if they were engraved.Could this be a result of earlier or later manufacturing ? I asking, because I think the knives with the deeper etching are more desirable.Any help would be appreciated.Sorry for the bad pictures but I hope you can see what I mean.

 

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Hello Gentlemen,

 

I'm posting my question here, because I thought it would be the right place.I took a closer look on the etchings of some the Wilkinson F-S knives and I wondered what is the reason that some etchings are very deep and the other ones are looking as if they were engraved.Could this be a result of earlier or later manufacturing ? I asking, because I think the knives with the deeper etching are more desirable.Any help would be appreciated.Sorry for the bad pictures but I hope you can see what I mean.

 

doughboy

 

Yes. Different etchings were done throughout Wilkinson's history. I don't believe any were engraved. Here's some references:

http://www.fairbairnsykesfightingknives.com/blade-etches.html

http://www.wilkinsonfscollection.com/wilkinsonfscollection.com/The_Etched_Blade.html

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