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RAF MK.III flying suit knife/patch

RAF MK.III flying suit knife/patch

Code: S24394

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Stores reference 22c/1278106.  Manufactured by Joseph Rodgers of Sheffield.  Approximately 21cm in length.  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 approximately 10cm.  The knife was worn in a metal scabbard /sheath, stores reference 22c/4466607/13 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 also used by the SAS. The knife and scabbard are in excellent used condition.  This one also comes with an olive green nylon flying suit patch with nylon cord lanyard.  Stock code S24394.