THE FAIRBAIRN SYKES FIGHTING KNIFE AND OTHER COMMANDO KNIVES
Published in 2013.
The research that has gone into this book reveals for the first time the World War 2 contract records as detailed by the Ministry of Supply, and provides proof from the records of Wilkinson Sword that the almost mythical 3 inch crossguard 1st Pattern F-S knife did exist. The book also gives details of inspection marks found on F-S knives and those responsible for such inspection, and provides illustrations of many of the variants of the knife that can be found. Chapters on fakes, the F-S knives of other Nations, and other types of knife used by the Commandos of World War 2 are also included.
Softcover. 263 pages, 463 black and white images.
£42 including postage and packing.
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THE BROAD ARROW - British and Empire Fcatory Production, Proof, Inspection, Armourers, Unit & Issue Markings
BY IAN D SKENNERTON
Produced by Ian in 2001 this very useful guide provides a mass of detail on the marks to be found on firearms and bayonets including unit and issue marks, dispersal factory marks etc. Now out of print and cataloguing on the web at prices between £100 and £200, this is competatively prices at £75 incl UK postage.