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Worth buying? British SAS combat knife

Discussion in 'Small Arms and Edged Weapons' started by Robert Watson, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. Robert Watson

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    No.

    Next question ? :rolleyes:
     
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    please explain why?
    A simple no doesnt really help me.
    I belive its a 3rd pattern but im hoping someone can confirm for me.
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Because it is so clearly a post-war, commercially produced knife modelled on a third-pattern F-S . It is in poor condition. It has no issue-markings at all. It has a rubbish-quality sheath. It is worth at most about £15 ( I'm not sure as to the current £/$AUs exchange rate ).

    If you are seriously thinking of buying an F-S knife, I'd recommend investing in a copy of Alan W Locken's little book 'A Collector's Guide To The Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife' ( Winnipeg 1995 ).
     
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    ...I notice the auction has ended at $257.00. Good result for the seller......:D
     
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    FM - there are some mugs around - that is about £160 in real money.

    I feel a business opportunity coming on !
     
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    Thanks all.
    Im glad i didnt buy it then. Im new to collecting and combat kives and bayonets are a great iterest.
     
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    I'm glad that you weren't the 'successful' bidder....

    As has been vividly illustatred by this thread ( and several others lately ) in these economically-uncertain times, values of 'tangible' objects in many areas of collecting are rapidly increasing as people go looking for 'investments'. In militaria, this includes medals & decorations, deactivated firearms and edged weapons.

    Read the e-bay seller's description closely and you'll see that it's hedged about with phrases such as 'believed to be...', 'similar to...', 'possibly...' etc. 'WWII-era...' is another frequent description. We can laugh at the bidders on this particular knife ( it was so, so obviously not WWII-issue ) but they made the classic error of believing what they wanted to believe.

    On this Forum, we always advise anyone new to an area of collecting - buy one or two good books on the subject and read them thoroughly. Spend tens of pounds now, and save yourself hundreds......
     

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