World War II OSS Smatchet Blade Carbon Steel Knife
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The odd looking, but very effective Smatchet was the brain child of William Fairbairn (who also co-developed the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife) during WWII for the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) and British SAS (Special Air Service) for use on clandestine missions behind enemy lines. There were many variations in the grip and pommel, but the basic specifications never changed. Our reproduction is based on an original piece loaned to us by a very generous collector (we matched it detail to detail). Features a high carbon steel, full tang, blued matte finished blade thats razor sharp on one cutting side and 1/3 of the reverse edge. The close grained hardwood grips are held in place with 2 big rivets, the cast aluminum pommel (pinned in place) includes a lanyard hole. The hardwood lined and black leather covered sheath fits on belts up to 3-1/4" wide. Our replica even features the anglesd belt loop on the sheath, just like the original!Overall: 16-3/4" Blade: 11" x 23/16" Wt: 1 lb / 8 oz
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This OSS Smatchet is an exact reproduction of the original model from the Second World War. It is exactly the weapon described and explained in Major Faribairn's book "Get Tough: How to Win in Hand-to-Hand Fighting" and conforms exactly to the illustrations in that volume. The configuration of the hilt (as distinguished from the hilt found on some other modern-made weapons calling themselves "Smatchets", but which are actually Bolos) is exactly correct and allows for the "close-in blows" described by Major Fairbairn in his book, far better than the US Model 1917 Bolo grip does.
The finish is not a fine polished finish, but it is not meant to be. It is meant to be fairly non-reflective and it is meant to be an accurate reproduction of the kind of weapon that one would find in a Second World War arms room.
The weapon is sturdy, properly sharpened for its purpose, and to the standard of the original weapon. I am aware that some have found fault with this weapon. The critics seem to want a different weapon entirely --- either a new redesign based upon the Smatchet, or else a polished presentation version that probably never existed in the field, or else something like a US Model 1917 Bolo.
If you want a proper Smatchet, I can recommend this one. If you want a Bolo, then buy a Bolo.