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R.A.F. 1943 Pattern Escape Boot Knife

Original knife as used with the 1943 pattern boots. This was inserted into a small pocket in the right boot and used in the event of evasion to cut the shoe section of the boots away from the suede uppers leaving the wearer less conspicuous in enemy occupied Europe. This is the smaller of the two knives produced. The original blued finish is largely gone and the knife has some surface corrosion. The blade is the correct length (not shortened or broken) but has been well sharpened. A rare and sought after item. Stock code B15345.