Fairbairn insisted upon the importance to have the knife easily accessible but
hidden for best effect and surprise.
is a very important part of the Commando knife. It was stipulated that it should
have some means of being secured to the clothes. For this reason two small
leather tabs were placed each side of the sheath-body, which could be stitched
to the clothing or equipment.
of the 1st Pattern F-S knife was held by two small leather tabs with
press studs like an ordinary hunting knife sheath. This was soon replaced with a
strip of elastic band which was sewn to each side of the sheath. This was
noiseless and cheaper. This became the pattern for the 2nd Pattern
The end of
the sheath was tipped off with a simple chape in bronzed brass. The
leather-parts were stamped by Wilkinson and other manufacturers. These parts
were mainly given to relatives of the men working at Wilkinson for sewing up.
These sheaths sold for 4/6.
Typical for most of the F-S sheaths are the leather tabs for securing the
sheath to the clothes.