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RAF MK.II flying suit survival knife

RAF MK.II flying suit survival knife

Code: S24557

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Stores reference 22c/1996.  Manufactured by Joseph Rodgers of Sheffield.  Approximately 21cm in length.   Very scarce Mk.2 version of the  aircrew emergency knife issued in the 1960s prior to its replacement by the far more common  MK.3 in the '70s.  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, straight with a pointed end, and measures approximately 10cm.  The knife was worn in a metal scabbard /sheath, stores reference 22c/2202 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.  These knives were aircrew of all three services and also by the SAS. Very good used condition with metal scabbard and orange cloth flying suit patch and  nylon lanyard.    The first of these rare knives we have seen for a long time.  Stock code S24557.