OSS Matchet

Discussion in 'General Military Arms & History Forum' started by berto64, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

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    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.

    Thanks folks.

    berto
  2. TranterUK

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    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.
  3. You never know, Berto, it may have been owned by Wild Bill Donovan himself! :rolleyes:
  4. berto64

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    Again, this item is at my brother's in Oregon.

    He says it is without any markings of any kind.

    Nothing is stamped on it or even scratched into it according to my brother.

    Any information forthcoming would be appreciated.
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