Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Knife ID: Help Needed

Via Cousin Dale"I need your help with a knife I bought recently......I've usually got a good idea of what I'm buying but this was a guess. I've included two pics. It's a totally hand made knife with sheath, and the seller insisted it was a WW2 trench knife. I realized immediately it wasn't any type of manufactured knife and the sheath was stitched with no riveting. The back of the sheath did have WW2 Canadian soldier info on it, along with where he was injured and when. Take at look at the end of the handle! "CS"! The emblem is different though, and looks like it actually says "CSE". While Canada did have Canadian Special Forces in WW2 I could not locate this symbol anywhere. However, I did find several nearly identical knives under classifications of "Alabama toothpick" and "Arkansas toothpick". Any thoughts? I don't like to assume, but all indicators I've seen so far indicate this knife is actually a home made Confederate toothpick commonly used in WW1 and WW2. I thought perhaps you may have seen the emblem or understand this knife better than myself, and would appreciate any feedback!"




8 comments:

  1. The blade, but not the handle, looks like a Fairbairn knife. Of course the dimensions may not match.

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    1. Good point and wonder if the E is actually a F, but I have no idea on the CS.

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  2. As stated above, very Fairborne - Sykes daggerish. Maybe the pommel cap is a custom owner name abbreviation ?

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    1. Could well be and for some reason I hadn't thought of that yet. Thanks

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      Cousin Dale: Is there a match-up of any sort?

      "The back of the sheath did have WW2 Canadian soldier info on it, along with where he was injured and when."

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  3. Pretty typical of the "sterile" knives used (and often customized by troops) by British SOE during WW2. It could also be a fake as there has been a cottage industry "faking" ww2 combat knives for decades as they command "stupid" money.--Ray--- PS if your pal paid under 50$ its probably real. The more he shelled out the bigger the chance its a "commando" fake. There is a guy who runs an outfit called "Sniders Tresures" who has a websight where 99% of the crap on it is 100 fake. Ebay is the worst place on earth for it though.

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  4. Looks like a F-S knife with a custom handle.

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  5. I thought the blade did look like a Fairborne-Sykes, and it definitely was used in WW2. I'd agree that it's been modified, but the owner's initials from WW2 records didn't match. It's now the largest double edged dagger I have (7.5" blade), and a great addition to the collection! Thanks to all for the effort and feedback. :)

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