~ Welcome ~


My name is Roy Shadbolt and I have had a lifelong passion for knives.  Whether using, collecting, researching or writing about them, these 'pointy things' have always held a fascination for me.  But there is one particular knife that has been a specific focus for me for more than quarter of a century, this being the F-S Fighting Knife in all of its patterns and variations.

I hope you enjoy exploring these pages and please, if you have any questions or just want to chat about the F-S Knife or any of the topics shares , always feel free to drop me a line.

Cheerio and happy collecting,

Roy .
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~ How To Use This Website ~

In the spring of 2011 I created this website dedicated to the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife for the express purpose of sharing knowledge and in part to attempt to separate fact from the many myths which have been attached to this iconic knife.  My hope has always been to create the finest online reference for both novice and experienced collectors, as well as a resource for researchers  and authors.

My main focus here is to tell the full history of the original Wilkinson F-S Fighting Knife using information and documented facts from Wilkinson’s own archives and importantly from the study of surviving examples of the knives themselves.  From these resources and examples I will share my findings regarding how they were made, the different patterns of knife and the many variations/production anomalies that one may encounter.

~ Navigating This Website ~


This website has been built by myself, no small feat when you consider my limited tech abilities.  However I have and continue to put my best efforts forward to make your visit as enjoyable and informative as possible.  All links are contained in the main navigation bar above.  The smaller section to the left will always remain the same, so use this to choose your topic or just to get back to the main home page.  The larger section at right will change according to the specific topic of choice so as to offer and introduce the reader to sub-sections of a particular area of interest.

Although the main focus of this website is on the F-S Fighting Knife, there will always be other topics to share too.  These may be specifically related to the F-S and/or Wilkinson but at times may not, as from time to time I may decide to share other personal projects.

Contrary to popular belief, I am neither independently wealthy nor retired, researching, writing and dealing in the F-S is my full time occupations.  As such I would respectfully invite you to support my work via Patreon - a link to my Patreon page can be found at the top left of each page.


You can always find your way back to the Home Page and Main F-S Topics by clicked on this First Pattern F-S icon which can always be found in the far left of the navigation bar.

Support Me & Become A Patron.

You will notice that this website has none of those annoying or inappropriate advertisements constantly popping up or interfering with your enjoyment and concentration.  In the top left corner of each page there is a link that will take you to my Patreon page.  May I ask that you consider supporting my work.  The website you are reading is and always will be 100% FREE.  By supporting me for as little as $1 per month we can continue to grow and develop this extensive resource our shared passion.

Contact Me

The easiest way to get in touch is by clicking on the e-mail icon which will always be at the top right of each page.  Feel free to drop me a line with any questions or just to say hi and I will do my best to reply promptly.  If for any reason you are having difficulties with this icon then please e-mail me at:  royshadbolt@me.com

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Variations Of The F-S Fighting Knife
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Wherever you see this icon, you can click on it for more information.  This is most often encountered in the For Sales sections to direct you the dedicated page of the item you are interested in.


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Please consider supporting my research, writing and website via Patreon or by direct donation.

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