A Rare 2nd pattern nickel Plated Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife by Wilkinson Sword, with etched panels & scabbard. 11” overall , 6 ½” blade. The hilt is brass with nickel finish & knurled grip with a 2” oval wave cross guard. The blade is marked by the manufacturer 'Wilkinson Sword London' & the reverse 'The FS Fighting Knife' Its original scabbard has a brass riverted chape and integral belt loop. The scabbard retains its 4 original sewn on tabs & elasticated retaining strap. All stitching and leather are intact. In good condition.
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941(see pages 55 and 58 of British & Commonwealth Military knives By Ron Flook).