Sheffield 71490 Fairbairn Sykes British Commando Dagger (6.87 Inch Double-Edge Black Carbon Steel Blade) Metal Alloy Handle Leather Sheath

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MPN: 71490
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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.

Measures 11 5/8" overall. Features a 7" parkerized double edge carbon steel blade. Black finish knurled metal alloy handle and guard. Metal tipped leather boot/belt sheath.

Sheffield Knives - 71490 Specifications:

  • Overall Length:
    11.50 in.
  • Blade Length:
    7.00 in.
  • Cutting Edge Length:
    6.875 in.
  • Blade Thickness:
    0.13 in.
  • Blade Width:
  • Blade Material:
  • Blade Hardness:
    55-57 HRC
  • Blade Style:
    Double-Edge Dagger
  • Blade Grind:
  • Blade Finish:
  • Edge Type:
  • Handle Length:
    4.50 in.
  • Handle Thickness:
  • Handle Material:
    Metal Alloy
  • Handle Color:
  • Weight:
    7.90 oz.
  • Sheath:
    Metal tipped leather boot/belt sheath
  • Knife Type:
    Fixed Blade
  • Brand:
    J. Adams Sheffield England
  • Model:
    Fairbairn Sykes British Commando Dagger
  • Model Number:
    IXSF71490, 71490, SHE006
  • Designer:
    William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes
  • Country of Origin:
    Sheffield England
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Your Rating: 5
Grandpa on 04/19/2022 01:39pm
This Knife (especially for it's low price) is not just correctly designed and built, it's created by a craftsman who understands it's singular purpose. It's a dagger. I have a serious knife collection but wanted to replace two stolen units. This one is replacing both of them.

A true military dagger is made to pierce the skin, slide between the ribs, and pierce the heart, etc.
If the sides are sharp they can get stuck on the rib bones and defeat their purpose.

The tip is sharp, the blade is made of very high quality metal, and the width is the best possible size for it's purpose, and thickness is enough to maintain maximum strength.

I'm not suggesting people run around using this knife improperly, exactly the opposite.
If you are in the military, and want to be properly prepared, you'd be foolish to go into battle without one.
Take what they give you but bring one of these with you.
Josh B. on 03/20/2017 11:20am
I was looking for a classic dagger for my collection and this one is a perfect example.
Duane C. on 07/17/2016 11:33am
Just received this today and it is fantastic. The knife is beautiful and the sheath is of a very heavy good looking leather.
Chris Mueller on 09/10/2015 04:26pm
The knife arrived fast. The condition of the knife was what I expected for the price. Solidly built. It will open mail as well. Nice piece of history.
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