Long ago, before the Germans overran Poland, before Britain was threatened with invasion and the Home Guard began to equip themselves with what they called "Commando Knives". Before Fairbairn and Sykes designed their famous and much copied FS stiletto. Before that knife's American cousin, the Case V-42, considered the most beautiful knife of WW2 and the issued blade of the First Special Service Force, before all of those, there was the Shanghai fighting knife.
This knife was designed in 1933 by Capt. William Fairbairn, chief of the Shanghai Municipal Police Force. He'd been stabbed in an earlier attack and, while convalescing, decided that such should never happen again. His aim was to produce a knife exclusively for knife-to-knife combat against the gangsters and smugglers of the city's criminal underworld.
The prototypes were ground from the blades of Lee Metford bayonets left over from the Boer war, a double-edged blade 5-6" long with an aluminum cross-guard and a brass pommel.
My version - and there were several, surprising, given that there were less than ten made - of this famous knife has a 6" double-edged blade. forged from file steel, hardened and tempered, a handle of turned hardwood with a brass ferrule, an aluminum cross-guard and a brass pommel.
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