British Commando Knife

The British Commando Knife is an authentic British Army Commando Knife that is still being made and issued to Royal Marines. This knife is commonly referred to as the Fairbairn Sykes Commando Knife based on the two inventors of this knife. The design of this knife has reached legendary status from the combat issuance during World War II and later from continuous use by the British Ministry of Defense.

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  1. British Commando Knife
  2. Third Pattern Design
  3. Current British SAS Knife
  4. Ribbed Handle
  5. Blued Carbon Steel Blade
  6. Includes Leather Leg Sheath
  7. Made in Sheffield, England
British Army Commando Knife - Third Pattern - Features and Details
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Solid, reliable design
Review by Keepshooting Customer
As others have said this is essentially the same design and style as WW2 era issue. It is as issued to the Commando Regt, though post war production of the Sheffield company (no doubt due to rationing at the time) and thus came with different marked brass grips and guard (B.M.S 17 52 or ANS, neither indicate anything) vs older examples with a military serial on the guard, with corresponding marked grips. There are three or so basic designs of these Commando dagger, which includes post war commando versions that I have never seen on other examples. I have been reading the book from John Cranko and others on the original (Mark I &MkII from approx 1940s to 1950) versions and seeing some nice variation I am curious to find out if the designs/models exist or was it that a design variation was offered. I haven't looked up on how many regiments received the old ones, it is very much noted that Commando Dagger's and all it's variation was adopted by British troops from Para Regt to Airborne. Not to make it clear the later one that I received has one or two slightly different designs on one of the two guards. One guard has a crude etching for clearance, likely one in clearance and a small stamp in center for CU in raised or deep relief, either the U was applied to cover damage, a production flaw or markings of this design. The brass stamp or casting has a center portion which was partially ground/carved to reveal CU clear of grip with recessed design as well as U applied to lower edge which has deep relief. If anyone is interested the leather sheath and dagger together weighs 10.2 oz, length of knife (blade to the guard and tip) is 9.25", while a Guard to pommel tip (almost the whole knife length to the top end) at about 6". As stated, I would have no problem getting in or going into or out of any plane, craft, tent, vehicle and having a fighting chance. With this type of dagger or knife the Commando did what was necessary and expected.
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Not that much smaller
Review by Keepshooting Customer
The biggest issue with it being smaller is that your wrist is strained when using it one handed
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This thing is bad-onk
Review by Keepshooting Customer
I bought this a while back and it has become one of my favorite outdoor EDC's. For the price, the steel isn't as sharp as my Ka-Bar, Kershaw or Gerber's but for this knife it doesn't need to be as it is supposed to be military issued. I did purchase some Tap-Tur-ing and put a 15 degree convex edge on it. This thing is sharp and dangerous, I have hit a branch several times and cut through it as if I had been swinging at cardboard or something similar. This thing is bad-onk and at a super good price, I will definitely purchase another and may even add one to my pack for the wife to keep an eye on when out on trail. It comes very oiled and wrapped in a muslin/paper bag so make sure you check it before using it. Great value for your dollar, I highly recommend it. Edit: I purchased another, a sheath for it and a couple lanyards. If you have one already and need some other attachments, there are a lot of add-ons for this thing that will allow you to carry it and secure it in your bag, on your belt, on your EDC pack and several other places that will securely attach it and it is at a very low cost. Just saying......
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Great Buy!!
Review by Keepshooting Customer
Received this in today. Exactly as pictured. Came sharp but will sharpen better once i have the time to work with it. Great for use for camping/kayaking etc... Excellent buy.
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Awesome but Dull
Review by Keepshooting Customer
Excellent knife, even the grind is as issued to soldiers of LRDG in 1942, that is almost impossible to sharpen on the market. A bit heavy but that's expected for military purpose use.
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10 out of 10
Review by Keepshooting Customer
Brilliant, highly recommended
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Five Stars
Review by Keepshooting Customer
As excellent condition.
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Quality knife. Very good design and material.
Review by Keepshooting Customer
Knife I've been looking for many years and finally was able to buy one that actually felt and appeared as the one my father brought back from Europe after the war. In other places, a sheath and or strap could be purchased. I don't believe this is a bayonet? (Uncle Jim who served with the Marines during WWII told me he saw the ones he carried being dismantled for the knife they used)
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Five Stars
Review by Keepshooting Customer
Great looking knife for the collector. Has seen action
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Great knife
Review by Keepshooting Customer
I have owned this knife since 1987 and it has been my favorite knife all these years. The sheath was made by Winston Salem Industries For The Blind and it's a very good quality leather.
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