This Sheffield dagger Fairbairn Sykes Dagger, currently produced by the English company Sheffield, is a complete copy of the famous Fairbairn-Sykes commando daggers dagger from World War II. Which was in service with the British special forces.
Dagger Sheffield Fairbairn Sykes Dagger for British commandos and English special forces, overview.
A small digression into history. The idea of creating commando troops belongs to Lt. Col. Dudley Clark, who soon after the shameful defeat of the British at Dunkirk managed to convince the British government of the need to create special units capable of carrying out unexpected attacks on certain objects with minimal support and relying only on their own forces..
The instructors of these special units were former police officers William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes, who gained experience in hand-to-hand combat in the busy streets of Shanghai – a southern Chinese port city, the former colony of the British Empire. The philosophy that they inspired the commando was simple: Kill or kill you! (Kill or get killed!). The first knives that went into service with the newly created commando units were not suitable for use in operations of these units.
The BC41 knife was a knuckle-knife made on the model of the period of the First World War, and the RBD knife was just a hunting knife. In November 1940, Fairbairn and Sykes began collaborating with Wilkinson. They managed to interest the chief of the company, John Wilkinson-Latham, with his idea of creating a new combat knife. Already in January 1941, the production of a dagger, named after its creators, in abbreviated form – the F-S dagger, began. During the war, besides Wilkinson, such weapons in various modifications were made by other companies..
MOLLE type attachment systems have not yet been invented, but these gentlemen were well aware that the scabbard with a knife may need to be fixed in any place, and not just on the belt. As a result of which, such wings with pre-punched holes appeared on the sheath.
With their help, the sheath was very simply sewn with thick threads anywhere on clothing or equipment. If necessary, mated and sewn in a new place. And at the end, there’s one story, also about the British, which the English captain told, presenting as a souvenir this red and white feather boom shown in the photo.
I do not pretend to historical accuracy, but still … In ancient times, these feathers that the British wore on their headdress were completely white. But somehow they did not share something with the French, met with them at some river and defeated their army, and the ratio was in favor of the French, somewhere 1: 5. In general, there was so much blood spilled that the waters of the river turned red … In order for the memory of this victory to remain centuries old, all the surviving British dipped their white boumbons half in this river. So since then they have become red and white.