Fairbairn-Sykes Revisited


Overall length: 28.7cm
Blade length: 17cm
Blade width: 2.5cm
PoB: 1cm
Weight: 141g

This dagger is very obviously based on the famous WWII fighting knife by Fairbairn and Sykes but I made some alterations. Functionally, the main difference is a more robust tang and stouter tip. The handle is wood and oval in cross section, unlike the round metal handle of the original. I read that there apparently were issues with the original having too step an edge angle for efficient cutting… can‘t comment on that but I can say that edge on my version is not to be scoffed at. It’s not the sharpest blade I’ve ever made, the cross section just isn’t designed for that but it will cut, no doubt. It‘s light and quick in hand, yet not unsubstantial. The blade is quite massive with a thick spine and a convex distal taper. I‘m happy with how it turned out, it‘s a very elegant dagger that has a quite dangerous feel to it.

Aesthetically, I played a bit with contrasting materials and surfaces. The blade is finely polished 80CrV2, the handle a lightly colored, smooth piece of box elder while the guard and top cap are mild steel with a gnarly fire-finish. The tang end is peened over and left standing proud with the texture from the ball peen hammer.

Overall, this was a fun piece to make. It came together pleasently quickly.

The leather sheath was, as usual, made by Adi Dörflinger from www.3wunder.at.