The year of manufacture is from Oct 1943 - Feb 1944. This dating is based on the blade Thick hand ground blade with the Y grind bordering the cross guard.. This knife carries the doughnut shaped pommel and characteristic vise marks. The Grip is marked with a #3 and refers to Walsall Die casting Ltd , is an alloy, not bronze or brass as sometimes stated. The Knife also has the capital letter I with an arrow underneath stamped on the cross guard signifying a batch of these knives ordered from Wilkinson on 17 Dec 1943 " The Indian contract " of.This is definitely a ww2 issued / used knife from ww2. The blade is missing most of its original bluing , has very light surface rust and tiny Knicks in places. The blade is also very sharp. Generally speaking after the above date in 1944 F-S knives were made with the thinner machine ground blades and a large variation in the design of the pommels, therefore this examples dating is easily identifiable.
The Mid war 3rd pattern examples of the F-S as in this case are said to be the. Last of the true examples to the purists , due to the hand ground blades in particular. The F-S knives vary considerably in blade size and as stated after 1944 in pommel design. 6 5/8 long and approx. 2 x 5/8 x 1/8th thick.
The scabbard is in poor condition. Please carefully inspect the pictures as these form part of the description. The item "ORIGINAL THIRD PATTERN FAIRBAIRN SYKES FIGHTING KNIFE DAGGER WW2 COMMANDO SAS" is in sale since Wednesday, June 30, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Great Britain\Edged Weapons".The seller is "kahunarob48" and is located in Wichita, Kansas. This item can be shipped to United States.