British / US escape & evasion 'Visor Knife'  / compass

British / US escape & evasion 'Visor Knife'  / compass

Code: E27687

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WW2 British & Commonwealth Forces 'Visor Knife' escape compass weapon in the form of a compact brass housing/sheath.  One side slides over the other revealing an escape and evasion razor blade.  Approximately 50 x 23 x 1.5mm and very similar in appearance to an American Forces 'dog-tag' so possibly used by US Forces too.  The housing is stamped 'VISOR KNIFE' and has a small hole at one end to allow for a lanyard.  The steel blade has no manufacturer's marks.  It could be used as a weapon but has also been magnetised so that when suspended by a thread in a glass of water it would act as a compass for escape and evasion purposes.  We don't know if the blade still works as a compass but it will disrupt another compass so does retain some magnetism.  Very good condition.  Rare.  Stock code S27687.