In an auction in Germany a Fairbairn-Sykes dagger was offered.
There is no "arrow" or other inspection mark stamped on the weapon. The crossguard ist stamped ' H.G. LONG & Co. OSS DAGGER SHEFFIELD ENGLAND' .
One side of the blade is stamped with the usual "F-S"-mark (The F S Fighting Knife) the other side is stamped with a makers mark.
Because of the lack of the arrow I presume the weapon was never in use with the UK-Forces. The mention of "ENGLAND" in the makers stamp on the crossguard suggests that is was ment for export. The stamp "OSS DAGGER" indicates that is was made for the US-Forces. About the OSS-daggers I herad sometimes the opinion that they are of poor quality, because the US-Government paid less for the production, than the UK-MoD. On the other hand it is a sheffield production.
Despite collecting British militaria I am not a expert in British fighting knives.
So after all - how much should I spend for the dagger ??