Fighting knives used by British commandos and SOE during WW2

 

Commando knife made by John Blyde

                                                               

Text and pictures by
Olof Janson unless otherwise stated
.

Special honour should be given to:

  • Robert Wilkinson-Lath
    am,
  • Ron Flook,
  • Roy Shadbolt.

Who have given me much assistance.  

On the picture to the left:

Mark on the blade - JOHN BLYDE

 

updated 2013-02-12


 

INDEX

Forming of Commandos
The Shanghai fighting knives
1st Pattern F-S Fighting knife
2nd Pattern F-S Fighting knife
2nd Pattern F-S Fighting Private Purchase knife
2nd Pattern F-S Fighting w/o Wilkinson trademark.like B2, Fat Man, Reverse Knurling
3rd Pattern F-S Fighting knife
Beaded & Ringed - Roped & Ringed

Steel hilt and Different hilts

Wood handles.

US Marine Raider Stiletto OSS - Stiletto w.'Pancake Flapper' and

Odd knives

Three Indian F-S Commando Knives

Sheaths
Marks
UK Commando knives; Postwar production

 

Commando knife marked on the blade with

John Blyde

Clintock works

Sheffield

 

 

I asked Ron Flook about this knife because a similar appears in his excellent book on plate 156.

He answered:

 "Very difficult to know about these wood gripped knives with marked blades.  They could be post war but I belive they could well be late war production.   We do known from photographic eveidence that wood gripped knives were carried around the time of D-Day so it is possible that marked knives were made around this time, possibly even as private purchase.

 But like many thing we will never know for 100% sure."

 

A fellow collector bought this knife with provenance from a veteran.
He got this letter with this knife.

 


 

 

 

 

Oval shaped cross guard of brass

 

Recessed nut

 

I have found two sheaths, beside the ususal FS scabbard, for this type of knife.
One from Sheffield England.

 

Sheath of ordinary hunting style.

marked:
MADE IN
SHEFFIELD ENGLAND

 

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The other one from Canada or USA reminding me about the M6 scabbard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forming of Commandos
The Shanghai fighting knives
 

There are three basic modells of the F-S fighting knife.

1st Pattern F-S Fighting knife
2nd Pattern F-S Fighting knife
2nd Pattern F-S Fighting Private Purchase knife
2nd Pattern F-S Fighting w/o Wilkinson trademark.
like B2, Fat Man, Reverse Knurling
3rd Pattern F-S Fighting knife
Beaded & Ringed - Roped & Ringed

Steel hilt and Different hilts

Wood handles.

OSS - Stiletto w.'Pancake Flapper' and
US Marine Raider Stiletto

Three Indian F-S Commando Knives

Odd knives

Sheaths
Marks
Sheaths
UK Commando knives; Postwar production

 

The Stalingrad Sword made by Wilkinson Sword.

 

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References:

Robert Wilkinson Latham His own web site
Alan W. Locken Commando 1940 - 1945
Robert A. Burlein Allied Military Fightingknives
Ron Flook British and Commonwealth military knives.
Fredrick J. Stephens Fighting Knives
Frank Trzaska The O.S.S. Stiletto - Knife World February 1998.
Frank Trzaska The Raider Stiletto - Knife World July 1997
Kelly Yeaton The First Commando Knives.
John Nowhill & son Sheffield
Michigan knives  
Dr. William Windrum  The earliest commando knivesAllan W. Locken Commando 1940 - 1945.