Originally Posted by berto64
Anyone familiar with this tool/weapon?
It was made during WWII for use by members of the OSS I was told. I have an opportunity to acquire one and was wondering if it's worth messing with.
The leaf bladed 'Smachet' fighting knife was designed in WW2 by the well known WE Fairbairn, co designer of the British Commando dagger and close in fighting expert.
They may well have been used by OSS but I doubt it, they were too distinctive for 'secret' work. They were for Commando, i.e. special forces issue. I have a manual in some dark corner of a book case, I shall look for it later.
Are there any markings? If original it could be quite valuable.