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    Those of you who are familiar with the Fairbairn/Sykes Fighting Knife, sometimes called the Commando Knife may or may not know that there was a variation of this knife called the Agent's Knife. Essentially is was a smaller version of the F/S knife. These knives are sometimes called 3/4 knives. I have always wanted one of these knives. If you go on the www.fairbairn/Slykes commando site and click on the Agent's Dagger at the top of the page it will show several styles of this knife. My favorite is the last one shown next to a Lee Bayonet.

    Recently I contacted a custom knifemaker and he is going to make an improved version of the Agent's knife for me. Will receive this knife sometime in the fall and hope to be able to post pictures by then.

    Am I ever looking forward to this knife's arrival. Kid in candy store window,
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    We will be waiting on pics,,,,,,Name:  popcorn (2).gif
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    Link doesn't seem to be working for me....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phrank View Post
    Link doesn't seem to be working for me....
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    That's a slim double edged dagger/stiletto - a nasty piece of knife to slide in quickly, easily, and silently...that would make quick and silent work of anyone unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of that. Makes perfect sense this would be a commando knife.

    Here, that's a one way ticket to a criminal record if you were caught with that, pretty sure most places as well.

    Guess it would be legal to own one I think, as a historical artifact, but you probably couldn't carry that in most places, assume you couldn't carry that in the USA either?

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    Wicked looking weapons ;

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    Many years ago I dabbled in Chinese Boxing and was told the following:

    A novice blocks and then strikes

    A disciple strikes and blocks at the same time

    A Master strikes.

    The enemy never sees the blow that destroys him.

    These knives were designed for an ambush type attack. Or as they say in the prison system. "Shank them".

    Fairbairn himself used a hide out sheath for the left hand and stated that the element of surprise was the main ingredient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d. m. ellington View Post
    Many years ago I dabbled in Chinese Boxing and was told the following:

    A novice blocks and then strikes

    A disciple strikes and blocks at the same time

    A Master strikes.

    The enemy never sees the blow that destroys him.

    These knives were designed for an ambush type attack. Or as they say in the prison system. "Shank them".

    Fairbairn himself used a hide out sheath for the left hand and stated that the element of surprise was the main ingredient.
    IIRC Fairbairn and Col Rex Applegate wrote a manual on hand to hand combat called, "Kill Or Be Killed" that was used by the US during WWII.

    Edit, here is the one by Fairbairn ........ https://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Taug...6R28ZEZ69CEJ7P
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    Jimmy: I was the first male child born into a large family in1946. My father was in a special unit in the Navy which guarded Radar Stations in Hawaii and the South Pacific. He receved h2h combat training at taught by Wesley Brown who wrote the manual on H2h cOMBAT FOR THE u. w. Navy.

    I also had an uncle who was an MP in WW2 who taught me their method of H2H combat - like Applegate.

    When I was nine I lived in an apartment building in Davenport Ia and met a man who read what was then in the early 50's called men's magazines. Agrosy and True. He let me read his mags and at the age of nine I first heard of William Fairbairn, his experience with the Shanghi Municial Police, Hs study of JuJitsu and Chinees boxing which he added his own personal methods and called it Defendu. How he later trained Britsish and American Agents. in silent killing.

    Later on when I was about thirteen I went to the local Boys Club and for three years studied boxing. I had a Sunday school teacher who had once been a sparring partner for Jack Dempsey. He taught me how to hit with my whole body. I practiced what he taught me for three year.

    Later on I enlisted in the Navy and on my ship were several Filipinos who once I gained their confidence taught me the art of Kali, a form of knife and stick fighting.

    After the Navy, I went to work for the Railroad Police. I attended man city, state, county and federal schools on Defensive tactics.

    I also studied two years with a Mr. Marshall who had studied with Kano, the same person who Fairbairn studied with in and had awarded him his black belt.

    I knew Jerry Sage, author of the Book, Code Name Dagger who was personally trained by Fairbairn.

    IN 1984 I met Col. Rex Applegate though I never trained with him. I have one of the largest collections of books on WW2 style hand to hand combat.

    I have accumulated a life time of experience of personal safety with hands, knife and pistol. I am now 70 years of age. I have passed on my knowledge to my wife and my daughter. When I am gone a lot will be lost.. I have come a long way from the four year old boy who fired his grandfathers revolver to a railroad cop and a man who can walk the streets when anyone who attacked him was in more danger than he.his ]

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