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Fairbairn-Sykes Commando Dagger (Weapon)

Fairbairn-Sykes Commando Dagger (Weapon) [Kindle Edition]

Leroy Thompson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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"Thompson painstakingly describes the differences in detail of each Fairbairn-Sykes commando dagger variant, whether of those of direct lineage or those influenced by the design. Many photographs, whether from the WW2-era or modern close-ups of items in various collections, give good visual to the author's descriptions."
- C. Peter Chen,

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The Fairbairn-Sykes Commando dagger has become iconic as the most widely recognized fighting knife in the world. The origins of the dagger can be traced to Shanghai in the 1930s where W. E. Fairbairn and US Marine officers including Sam Yeaton carried out experiments to develop what they considered the perfect knife for close combat. When Fairbairn and Sykes became instructors for the Commandos, they refined the design which would evolve into the classic Fairbairn-Sykes dagger. The dagger was first used during early Commando raids into occupied Europe but saw action in every theatre of World War II. US Rangers and Marines who had trained with the Commandos took their Fairbairn-Sykes daggers home, and this also influenced the development of American Special Forces daggers. The Fairbairn-Sykes remained in use with many units after the war. It has become a symbol of Commando and special forces units throughout the world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5997 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (6 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZL2U62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #240,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Usefulk reference book 23 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Fascinating reference book, with plenty of gory detail on the use of these knives. Lacks colour photos but very informative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars English fighting knife 17 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
An excellent book on one of Englands finest fighting history icons. It explains how the blade was developed by Fairburn and Sykes and a very basic chapter on its use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Book 5 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was a super book, well written and well illustrated. If your a collector and want some history...indeed a lot of history with first hand accounts of its use in war...then this is the book for you.

5 gold stars awarded, as I don't believe the book could have been any better for the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice book about faibain and similar 21 Jan 2013
By Nuno
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It is rellly a nice book about faibain-knife and about Fairbain and Sykes, and the foregrounds about the knife and all you need to know, but have a lot of pages explaining other knifes such the FSSF, marine and others.
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