Fairbairn–Sykes fighting knife
The Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife is a classic and iconic dagger designed for close-quarters combat. It originated during World War II and was designed by British officers William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes, both of whom had extensive experience in hand-to-hand combat training.
Key features of the Fairbairn-Sykes knife include a double-edged blade, usually around 7 inches (175 mm) in length, designed for thrusting and slashing motions. The handle is slender, often with a distinctive “commando” design, featuring a cylindrical shape with a narrow, ribbed grip. The design aimed to provide a balance between weight, strength, and manoeuvrability.
The Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife gained popularity as a commando weapon during World War II, used by British Special Forces, including the SAS (Special Air Service) and other elite units. Its design influenced subsequent combat knives and has become a symbol of elite military units and hand-to-hand combat training.
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