Fairbairn-Sykes Style Dagger with Turkish Twist Damascus and Zirconium

Product Description for Fairbairn-Sykes Style Dagger with Turkish Twist Damascus and Zirconium

Maker: Willie van der Merwe (Ant Knives) (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 104981
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 7.10 in.
Cutting edge length: 7.10 in.
Total length: 11.70 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.92 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.17 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.16 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.10 in.
Item weight: 10.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 18.8 oz.
Blade: Turkish Twist pattern damascus forged
Bolster: Heat colored zirconium with 24K gold inlays
Handle: Contoured and antiqued bronze
Description: The Fairbairn–Sykes fighting knife is a double-edged dagger with a foil grip. It was developed by William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes in Shanghai based on ideas developed while serving on the Shanghai Municipal Police in China before World War II. It was made famous during World War II when issued to British Commandos, the Airborne Forces, the SAS and many other units, especially for the Normandy landings in June 1944.
This Fairbairn-Sykes Style Dagger by South African knifemaker Willie van der Merwe is very true to the original design. It is a spectacular homage that can't help but be the centerpiece of virtually any collection.
The blade is Turkish Twist pattern damascus forged from carbon steels by Pieter Goosen. Alternating bars of twist pattern damascus form the complex and captivating pattern. It is perfectly ground. Van der Merwe's mark is set on one side. An ant is inlaid in 24K gold (van der Merwe calls his company Ant Knives).
The contoured handle is antiqued bronze. A solid zirconium guard and pommel are heat colored zirconium. Zirconium is a transitional metal that is primarily mined in South Africa and Australia. It is resistant to corrosion and scuffing. Both the guard and pommel are inlaid with 24K gold accents.
This Fairbairn-Sykes Style Dagger is accompanied by a black leather sheath -- also very true to the original design.
Exceptional work throughout!

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