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Original U.S. WWII OSS Stiletto by Landers, Frary, and Clark LF&C with Pancake Flipper Scabbard

Regular price $2,195.00

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Original Item: Only One Available. Now it does not get better than this! This Fairbairn Sykes copy, known affectionately as the “Pancake Flipper,” is a rare knife produced between 1942–1943 and was believed to be manufactured by Landers, Frary, and Clark in New Britain, CT. There are no maker marks or any stamping on this knife which was logical to a clandestine weapon such as this. The stiletto was designed for members of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), the American version of the British Special Operations Executive or SOE, operating deep in enemy territory, far from friendly lines.

This rare fighting knife, with its equally rare M-6 sheath, shows signs of little use and the blade retains nearly 100 percent of the original finish. The "pancake flipper" frog for the M-6 sheath is still in original configuration and has not been cut down like other examples we have seen. The knurled brass grip retains around 80 to 90% of its original blackening, with some light wear to the pommel area revealing some bare brass. Unfortunately the tip of the blade is broken off.

The leather is in excellent condition as well as the frog. The OD green paint on the frog still covers about 90% of the metal, with some wear in certain spots like through the belt loops.

This is a must have in any serious collector’s inventory, so let’s give this stiletto one last
clandestine operation to find its way into your showcase!

Blade length: 6 5/8”
Blade Style: Spear Point Knife
Overall length: 11 3/8”
Crossguard: 2 1/8”
Scabbard length: 7 1/4" with metal belt loop.

Some of the most iconic fighting knives in history have had their beginnings, and in America we can say that the Bowie knife is likely the most influential knife design of the 19th Century, giving the Fairbairn-Sykes Knife that same title in the 20th Century. The United Kingdom in general has sadly held a very negative view of knives and this was very evident during World War Two with the introduction of the Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife. There are many first hand accounts of commanding officers flat out refusing to issue the Fairbairn Sykes ‘Fighting’ knife, seeing it as ‘ungentlemanly’ and in some way linked to thuggery. Fortunately this was not the case in the US. With their long history of self-sufficiency and independence, Americans have long embraced the knife in all its forms and rightly so. During WWII there were lots of ‘drives’ for all manner of much needed goods to support the war effort and in America this included ‘knives for the troops’, something that would have been unheard of in Britain.

The OSS stiletto was a double-edged knife based on the Fairbairn–Sykes fighting knife. It was so admired that the US military created several other fighting knives based on it. The US Office of Strategic Services's knife manufacturing bid was approximately one-fifteenth of the British equivalent, but the US version of the knife, manufactured by Landers, Frary & Clark, of New Britain, Connecticut, was improperly tempered and inferior to the British F-S fighting knife in materials and workmanship. Its reputation suffered accordingly. A total of 20,000 units of the OSS version were produced. The OSS dagger was officially replaced in service in 1944 by the US M3 fighting knife. The scabbard for the OSS stiletto looks like a pancake spatula, a design that can be worn high or low on the belt, or angled either left or right. In theory this gave a very adaptable mounting system, but the sheet metal was like a knife itself, risking injury to those wielding it, especially parachutists during airborne operations.

A number of very fine Fairbairn Sykes inspired fighting knives were produced in the US during WWII by such noted cutlery makers as Camillus and Case.

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