type is called “French resistance commando knife” or
“Artic-warfare British commando knife”.
variation is usually associated with Free French or referred to as a French
resistance "drop knife" in the FS reference books. This particular pattern
of knife was also issued to the Home Guard Commandos like the Home Guard Aux
Units. This type of commando knife appeared in the beginning of 1944.
blades look like they are typical Sheffield grounded blades
steel version knives are dated to 1944 and later.
hilt and pommel are constructed in one piece, with the tang going through
the hilt and pommel.
There is not much known about these rare knives.
many of the more unusual variants these all steel variants are subject to
speculations. Many claim that they were made for the resistance. Most likely
they represent an "Erzats" version to meet the demands for D-Day. There are
pictures from D-day showing soldiers with these knives. They are found in
France, Holland and Norway and they are considered to be made for the
resistance movements in occupied Europe.
been reported that these knives were used by the Home Guard. I have been
told that Sgt. Denis Gray and the Byfleet Aux Units Home Guard 34 Platoon
used this type all steel Commando knife.
blades look like typical Sheffield grounded blades
knives of this type are also reported. They might have been for presentation
purposes or the commercial market. (See picture below.)
Fredrick Stephens calls this version "an
extremely rare version".