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Greg - a very nice example - I don't see much wrong with it , mainly the wear you would expect. Give it a good clean and polish

the leather. There were two patterns of the first Fairburn Sykes commando knife - both are quite rare. The 2nd. pattern is a

little more plentiful, but in this condition, worth quite a lot of money. I hope you were able to buy it at a fair price.

For the information of members who may not know the background to this famous knife - which is still made today - the British

Forces - particularly the new Commando Units, were in need of a good fighting knife. Captains Fairburn and Sykes worked on

such a design and it was approved by the War Office. Three companies made them - the Wilkinson Sword Company being

one of them. They went out of business - I think in 2005 - and Britain no longer has a sword company of any size. Mervyn

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Optically one of the nicest knives around. I love them to bits.

Practically about as useful as an empty box with holes in it.

I had one on my web gear for a couple of days as a just out of basic traing soldier.... but a man can only stand so many sniggers and chuckles.... and when I realised others could open tins, but wood and "do stuff" with their knives... and I would have to wait 10 lifetimes or more to find the sentry i could kill with mine... it dissapeared back into the trunk...

I guess it is best for what it was designed for... a WW2 commando.

Having said that, a classic, and beautiful....

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Jerry and Chris,

Thanks for the comments.

I agree, these are pretty much useless today. They were designed

to do only one thing and do it well. That is part of what appeals to

me about them.

I slit plenty of throats with my Randall Nr 1...

of course... they were goats.... but an 8 Incah Randall Nr1 is gods gift to knives ;-)

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Randall's are great knives and a vintage Randall #1 is on my list to find but my tiny budget does not alloy

that kind of indulgences.

Mine is a late 80s one... I remember at a show back in 1994, a Named Vietnam era Randall Nr 1 for CDN $ 200... I was broke and could not afford it.... I still regret that :-(

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$200 :speechless1:

No days, you pay that just to hold one at a show. Most VN era or earlier

blades I have seen, cost more than what I paid for my car. Granted, my

car is a POS but stil, I've seen them regularly go for more than $3000.

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