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Part #: IXSF71490 | IXL Sheffield Knives
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Description
IXSF71490: Fairbairn Sykes British Commando Dagger, Black
IXL Sheffield
 
The Fairbairn Sykes British commando knife is a double-edged knife with a cast metal grip developed by William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes before World War II. It was made famous during the War when issued to British Commandos, including the SAS. Although the Fairbairn-Sykes knife is now of interest mainly to collectors, because of its sleek lines and its commando associations it still remains in production today.

This knife was designed exclusively for surprise attack and fighting. The slender blade can easily penetrate a ribcage and the vase handle grants precise grip. The double-edged blade is integral to its design.

The balance of a Fairbairn-Sykes is a crucial part of the design and it takes careful forging and production to ensure that the knife balances exactly as designed. The hilt should fit easily in the hand and the blade should not be so heavy that it tends to drag the hilt from the fingers in a loose grip. The knives come in a leather sheath with a metal tip so it can be easily stowed in a boot or attached to a belt.
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 6-7/8"
  • Overall Length: 11-1/2"
  • Handle Material: Black Metal Alloy
  • Weight: 7.9 oz. Knife, 9.5 oz. with Sheath
  • Made in Sheffield, England

UPC Code: 000000191746

Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Steel Handles
Steel Handles
Stainless Steel knife handles provide strength and durability and look and feel great.
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Raleigh
Spicewood, Tx
Oct 18, 2017
Pros: Weight, None
Cons: Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality
You better know how to sharpen a knife...
So first off. This knife has a pointed sharp POINT, but the edge wouldn't cut butter. It would make a pretty debilitating stab wound but the real fighting knives were razor sharp edged as well. FS fighting technique wasn't all stabbing. In fact some folks would actually blunt the tip down because it had a bad tendency to stick into bone and be fairly hard to remove. After a great deal of work on my WickedEdge Pro II it's hair splitting sharp but it was a freaking J O B.... the tip is not symetrical and will give you nightmares if you are looking to put a professional quality edge on it. But from my experience 99.9999% of the world has no clue what a real professional edge is, and will never see one. But if you know how to put one down, profile, set a bevel, sharpen, hone and strop, you can get this steel surgically sharp. Down side... it won't hold the edge long. Three test cuts on paper and it needed a touch up. Sooooo. Bottom line : if you are looking for a good wwii repro commando knife, the Boker V-42 beats it hands down. All day. Same price. If you absolutely GOTTA own a fairbairn sykes and don't have 500$ for a better repro... this will do with some elbow grease. Its a 69$ knife so its prices right. You get a well balanced fighting knife with a better than original sheath. The tabs on this sheath are leather originals used 1940's elastic, so even a good qualiy original is dry rotted and useless. The leather tabs on this sheath would allow for multiple uses if you were going to sew it into your pants and cut out the pocket liner old school style. Weight is a tad on the light side and the balance is just a smidge blade heavy so if you were to be a FS fighting style practitioner, keep looking, it's a bit awkward if you hand to hand toss... a hallmark fairbairn move to keep your target guessing which hand you would stab him from, so you toss it back and forth. That was FS fighting technique 101 and this knife will end up impaling your metatarsal day one. If you are wanting something to haul out of the safe once in a blue moon and impress your fiends with some wwii history, bingo. If I hadn't spent 4 hours on the wicked edge I might have sent it back. Final note... sheffield steel... I'm skeptical. It comes in no box, wrapped in a piece of oiled wax paper with a china sheath. So if this knife came from Sheffield it came via Xiang Ping. I'm not a metalurgist but I have plenty of Sheffield lathe tools chisels and this steel pales in comparison I could tell for sure if it wasn't painted black. At 69$ its not a rip off as long as you aren't expecting a KNIFE. Its pointy yes. Its more a spear. No cutting edge at all. Zero zip none.
5 out of 5
Sean W
Leeton,N.S.W, Australia.
Aug 31, 2017
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Legendary
British commando's sent behind the lines,relied on this knife to get them home.Thats why its a no nonsense bit of kit.It can be shapened to a fair edge but of course it's made with stabing in mind.It gave the Germans nightmares.Wether your camping, heading downtown or throwing it against a tree it's pretty industrutable.l wear it within my belt no worries,it has a good honest scabard with metle to protect it's point.Factory markings on the crossgard show it's athaticy.It wasn't ment to be a do all knife,or to out live the men who carried it,you were either quick or dead.Own a bit of history, while carrying a legendary bit of fighting kit ..
5 out of 5
Lee
north east md
Jul 25, 2017
Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard
sheffield she006
I am a collector and a friend had an original. this met my expectations in quality and balance
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