Fairburn-Sykes Inspired Dagger – Black Power Coated Carbon Steel


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The Fairbairn–Sykes fighting knife is a double-edged fighting knife resembling a dagger or poignard with a foil grip. It was developed by William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes in Shanghai based on ideas that the two men had while serving on the Shanghai Municipal Police in China before World War II.

The F-S fighting knife was made famous during World War II when issued to British Commandos, the Airborne Forces, the SAS and many other units, especially for the Normandy landings in June 1944. With its acutely tapered, sharply pointed blade, the F-S fighting knife is frequently described as a stiletto, a weapon optimised for thrusting, although the F-S knife can be used to inflict slash cuts upon an opponent when its cutting edges are sharpened according to specification. The Wilkinson Sword Company made the knife with minor pommel and grip design variations.

The F-S fighting knife was designed for surprise attack and fighting, with a slender blade that can easily penetrate a ribcage. The vase handle provides precise grip, and the blade’s design is especially suited to its use as a fighting knife. Fairbairn’s rationale is in his book Get Tough! (1942).


  • Overall Length 29.5cm (11.6″)
  • Blade Length 15cm (6″)
  • Blade Width 2.5cm (1″)
  • Spine Thickness 3.5mm (0.14″)
  • Black Powder Coated High Carbon Steel Blade
  • S-Shaped Steel Cross Guard
  • Chequered Pattern Steel Grip
  • Weight 330g

* Please note that these are handcrafted items and that the items that you receive may vary slightly from the ones in the photos.