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Old 07-28-2022, 6:13 PM
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Default Fairbarin-Sykes knives

Have always had a morbid attraction to them because they just look lethal.

They were designed for one purpose in mind and that was for sticking somebody.

Maybe one would be better off carrying an American M-3 trench knife or a Ka-Bar. Those two could also be used for field purposes in addition to combat.

I've had three F-S knives and the one pictured is the best one I have bought. It's a William Rodgers replica and is very well made. Paid a hundred bucks for it on evilbay.

Anybody else like them? Anybody have any originals?
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Old 07-28-2022, 6:20 PM
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I have a reproduction that I bought at a local cutlery store and it is quite nice. However, I don't remember what it cost me though.

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Old 07-28-2022, 7:26 PM
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I always really enjoyed that design

It just speaks to me and says deadly object


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Old 07-28-2022, 9:29 PM
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I’ve always been partial to the Fairbarin style. Gerber had a nice Combat folder I’ve always wanted. Just never got one.
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Old 07-28-2022, 11:04 PM
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I have 2 repros; snapped the point off one and re-ground a new one, so looks a little odd.

I also have a Gerber MK II as a younger relative.

And someplace I have one of these -
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Old 08-07-2022, 9:24 PM
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No idea, no reviews, says it’s made in Pakistan
https://www.amazon.com/Handmade-Fair...s%2C154&sr=8-1
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I have the Boker Fairbairn-Applegate and a generic Sheffield made Sykes. I carried that Boker all over the world, never unsheathed it once. It's a nice knife but they are like $439 now! No way in heck I paid even half that I don't think. I'm pretty cheap.
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I have 2 repros; snapped the point off one and re-ground a new one, so looks a little odd.

I also have a Gerber MK II as a younger relative.

And someplace I have one of these -
Be careful with the Gerber, I snapped the blade out of mine. The grip is cast aluminum and not quite sturdy enough. Also, the blade comes back at you pretty quick.
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Looks like a British Ninja knife, before Ninjas.

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Looks like a British Ninja knife, before Ninjas.

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British Special Forces carried them. Insert it into the skull where the brain stem is and scramble the brain from behind.

You have great taste in knives OP.
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I have this one, no sheath
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British Special Forces carried them. Insert it into the skull where the brain stem is and scramble the brain from behind.

You have great taste in knives OP.
I suppose that'd work, too, but see https://www.forces.net/services/tri-...fighting-knife
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I suppose that'd work, too, but see https://www.forces.net/services/tri-...fighting-knife
"it's not really about the edge".. I would hope not, getting a good edge on an FS is a right PITA.
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I'd love to have one, but I'd probably feel dumb if I didn't have some crazy expensive real one, and then I'd feel dumb for having something I couldn't play with.

If it was a modern one or a reproduction - maybe, if they were cheaper, but idk about dropping several hundred bucks on a piece of 440C in a fun shape. In turn that would also raise the question of if one were to make a modern version, what type of steel would be ideal...
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I suppose that'd work, too, but see https://www.forces.net/services/tri-...fighting-knife
…”bit of a messy job, but that’s it.”

Indeed.

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I own a Compass Industries model 567 dagger. I bought it at a gun show in the 80's for $20. Not mine in the picture - but it's the same. These are banned as "dirks" in some places, so not worth carrying besides not being very useful anyways.



Holy Crap!~ I had no idea these were Tak Fakuta originals!!! I had no idea these were scarce.

Thanks to the OP for raising an unusual topic.

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I have this one, no sheath
Real deal.

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I'd love to have one, but I'd probably feel dumb if I didn't have some crazy expensive real one, and then I'd feel dumb for having something I couldn't play with.

If it was a modern one or a reproduction - maybe, if they were cheaper, but idk about dropping several hundred bucks on a piece of 440C in a fun shape. In turn that would also raise the question of if one were to make a modern version, what type of steel would be ideal...
They are like Kukris though, they were cheap new. The Sykes anyway. a made in Sheffield reproduction used to be $100 or so. I can't believe the Bokers are so much now, I'm might sell mine. Hopefully I can score some handles, I have a brand new sheath. The blade is new. Heck, might be a little sanding will clean these right up.
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