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Username Post: Fairborn - Sykes WWII Knife Originality        (Topic#715432)
07-27-05 02:41.14 - Post#715432    

My name is Joe, and I'm new to the forums here. I came upon them as I was looking for information on a recent find at a garage sale. im a collector of war-time items, though not really knowledgeable to any extent on them.

I found what appears to be a Sykes and Fairborn style knife. when I talked to the owner of it, where I bought it from, she said it was her uncles; she was in her 30s or 40s, and so I figured it was worth it, as it was under $10.

So I was wondering if anyone here could help me, and decide if it was actually used in the war, or produced after it as a replica.

The blade is extremely smooth, and the tip is as sharp as a pin. there is only some surface rust, and there are no marking anywhere on the entire knife

I uploaded these pictures to help with what it looks like, hope they're detailed enough, i can get more if anyone needs a closer look at something


Master Member KnifeNut!
07-28-05 21:33.11 - Post#717183    

    In response to BlargFellow

Hiya Joe!

You're puttin' us on, right?
Lord Almighty! Ten dollars for such a fine lookin'dag???!
Wish I had me a time machine to get on, then just watch me go back just to get me some ;-)
Anyways, just curious if the family you bought this from was latin, Cuban to be more precise.
I don't know why, but "Bay of the Pigs" keep coming to me.
You see, I figured what you got there COULD BE an OSS stiletto. I stand corrected of course. If it is indeed one, well... Only way is to fine out more about its last owner. Otherwise its still a fine looking piece for ten bucks.

From the pictures you posted, I figured the handle to be brass? That's the mark of a good quality dag.
Picture link of an original OSS dagger(
Note the diamond checks that goes all the way to the guard. The tip of the sheath is painted in OD green as in yours? Except the missing pan-cake flapper, I would say you got yourself quite a find indeed but you really need an expert's opinion on that.

Now lets see how much an original could be worth ;-)

Hope this helps.

Krizzard, out
"...Whoever kills with the sword must be killed by the sword... "
- The New Testament, Revelation 13:10
Journeyman KnifeNut!
09-17-05 06:48.38 - Post#756054    

    In response to Krizzard

ten dollars?!?!?!
Master Member KnifeNut!
09-18-05 07:19.26 - Post#756728    

    In response to knife5617

What a beauty! And a steal at that price. Appears to be an original OSS stiletto with proper scabbard but as Krizzard pointed out it is missing the top belt hanger portion. Check the blade up near the handle for a small dot in it. The blades were all tested for hardness and should have the Brinnell machine test mark in the blade. Those that failed the test were re-heat treated and tested again, they would have two small dimple marks.

All the best
Frank Trzaska
All the best
Frank Trzaska

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