R.A.F. Flying Suit MK.III Survival Knife
Stores ref. : 22c/1278106. By Joseph Rodgers of Sheffield. Approx. 21cm in length. Postwar standard aircrew issue until replaced by the unpopular \'J\' cutter tool. Flat profile gravity knife with a composite handle containing a spring lock mechanism activated by two levers on either side of the hilt. This mechanism locks onto a stud on the sheath and so retains the knife. The blade is of stainless steel, curved, and measures approx. 10cm. The knife was worn in a metal scabbard /sheath attached to a cloth patch, stitched upside-down on the flying coverall leg. This enabled the knife to drop out on a lanyard should the wearer need to cut rigging lines of a parachute canopy in an emergency situation.
This example is in ver good used condition and comes with metal scabbard, stores ref. 22c/4466607. One on eBay at £85 and rising! Stock code S16858.