1940, Capt. William Ewart Fairbairn and Capt. Eric Anthony Sykes
designed what has to be the most famous fighting knife of the 20th
Century, the world famous FS Fighting Knife.
The first production run was referred to as the "First Pattern".
Which was identified with it's classic "S" guard and
flat ricasso. These were made in limited numbers. In order to
speed up production,
the "Second Pattern" was made with modifications which
did not include the "S" cross guard or the flat ricasso.
Today only the "Third Pattern" is produced which is
the ringed handle type.
The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting knife is made to replicate the original
Pattern 2. The original Fairbairn Sykes Pattern 2 is identified
by the 2" straight cross guard, diamond knurled pattern grip,
and rounded ball end.
These knives are hand made and assembled in New Zealand to the original
specifications. The blades are hand ground by International Knifemaker,
Sandow and heat treated to the correct hardness. The classic
"Coke bottle shaped handle" is nickel coated brass and diamond
knurled. As with the original knives made during WWII, the knurling
on the handle carries the same unevenness giving it a very authentic
look and in keeping with the original specifications.
The sheath is the Pattern 2 type hand made from top grain leather
and fitted with tabs and elastic retainer. The chape (metal tip)
is brass, which supplied by the original manufacturer in the UK,
is nickel coated.
Demand for these knives is high and orders will be executed on a
first come first served basis. As these knives are custom made by
hand, production times will vary and slight variations will occur
adding to their uniqueness.