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Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife, Model 3, Mold 2, 9 Commando Team attributed

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THE REAL DEAL I originally purchased this blade intending to keep it in my collection. However, I realize there are some people who might be much more interested due to its true World War II origins and use, as a military collectible artifact, whereas I merely collected bladed pieces.

This is a genuine Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife. It is the third pattern. It offers no particularly uncommon markings, in fact, it HAS no markings of origin, no stamps on the ricasso, crossguard, blade, handle or pommel. Very simply, a fighting knife issued to and carried by Roland Pendlebury of His Majesty's Royal Navy security detail.

The provenance is on my copy of the receipt from the auction. Mr. Pendlebury passed in 2016 at the age of 93. His obituary from Bolton News reads:

ROLAND PENDLEBURY On 2nd June 2016. Peacefully at home and late of Horwich. Roland aged 93 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Violet, a loving dad of Sandra and Rita, a dear grandad, great grandad and a great friend of many. Service and committal Overdale West chapel Thursday 23rd June 11.30 am. Floral tributes and enquiries to The Livesey Funeral Service, Church Street, Horwich.

Other than that simple obituary, I found little after detailed searching on the Internet. To me, that indicates that those actions in which Pendlebury was involved have few, if any, written records. One might expect that for graduates of the Highland training schools, who were the only servicement given the Fairbairn-Sykes.

The sheath is a variant on the Canadian sheath, adapted apparently by Pendlebury to have a snapless retention strap. As you may notice, the strap simply slips through a slot and wraps allowing friction in, likely, the boot to confirm the fixing of the blade. Such a treatment would allow virtually silent removal from the sheath at time of need.

Pendlebury R was a private of the Highland Regiment on 9 Commando Team, Omaha Beach and Anzio being among the many engagements of 9 Commando. The last picture shows the intense wear and body shaping of this knife. The knife speaks for itself. The use on the blade did NOT come from opening cans of peaches. The point is still a point, obviously honed on a regular basis. Likewise the edges are NOT surgically sharp but are slashing-sharp, as expected and needed in the Fairbairn-Sykes.

It is a stabbing tool: to pass through the 3" of uniform expected on the German soldier of WWII, enter the ribcage, back or front and then penetrate the heart; to penetrate the kneck; or, to penetrate the head, without fail. Hence its length and slimness. If slashing is needed, yes, the edges would work, but that is far from the primary purpose. The marking of this blade suggests true fighting action, and the wear of the sheath leather suggests many hours of carrying.

I can easily send more detailed photos if needed.

Condition: Used - See Item Description
Brand: Unknown
Location: IA

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Item #: 924244007
SKU: 3
Seller Since: Feb. 2012
Seller Level: Verified
This seller is an FFL
City: Clive
State: IA

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