WWII Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern British Commando Dagger


A fine original 3rd pattern Fairbairn-Sykes Commando dagger in very nice condition, complete with its brown leather sheath.
The dagger is the definitive design and has mainly remained the same since 1944. It has a beautiful blued double edged blade. The ribbed handle has the dark oxidised copper finish and cross is blackened steel. The handle is held firmly to the blade tang by a domed brass rivet. The sheath is made of leather with a dark brass shape. The elasticated ribbon to hold the handle is broken. There are no maker’s marks.
The British Commandos were formed during the Second World War in June 1940, following a request from the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, for a force that could carry out raids against German-occupied Europe. Initially drawn from within the British Army, from soldiers who volunteered for the Special Service Brigade, the Commandos' ranks would eventually be filled by members of all branches of the United Kingdom's armed forces and a number of foreign volunteers from German-occupied countries.
Size: 33.5 cm (13 ¼ inches)
Weight: 283 g