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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I have been sorting my library and have the following for sale. Prices are generally below the listings found on Amazon or Abe books. All the books are in very good condition with dust jackets protected by clear film. Some of the titles are now out of print and desirable by Randall collectors. Prices include UK postage. Note postage for Europe and other overseas destinations will be extra and will depend on location.
RANDALL MADE KNIVES by Robert L Gaddis £145 NOW £125
RANDALL FIGHTING KNIVES IN WARTIME WWII, KOREA & VIETNAM by Robert E Hunt £135 NOW £120
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If interested in Escape and Evasion equipment and the story behind it these 4 books cover virtually all of it. I can do a deal on all 4.
THE SECRET WAR OF CHARLES FARSER-SMITH. Similar story to that of Clayton Hutton giving Fraser Smiths involvement with escape aids. With dust cover which has sone staining to inside of cover. £12 NOW £10
OFFICIAL SECRET BY CLAYTON HUTTON - The story of MI9 and its escape aids. No dust cover some damage to spine but covered in clear book film. £15 NOW £12
THE HIDDEN CATCH BY CHARLES CONNELL - You need to read Clayton Hutton’s book to understand the significance of this book. A book that was published to frustrate Clayton Hutton’s attempt to publish his story. Has dust cover which is torn, foxing to page edges. But scarce book. £20 NOW £15
BEHIND ENEMY LINES Evasion and Escape Aids of WW2 BY R.E. BALDWIN. Comprises the catalog of an exhibition of escape aids held in the US. Shows maps, compasses, blood chits etc. Great reference work. £25 NOW £20
Eight copies from the 2020 issues of KNIFE magazine. Covering some of the best custom knives you will see along with the occassional military and collectible knife articles. Issues include March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and December. These retail at $7.95 in the US (approx £6) and are only available by subscription. The eight issues for £27.50 including UK postage.