RAF 1943 'Escape' patt. flying boot knife
Stores reference 22P/11. Original knife issued for use with the 1943 pattern 'escape' boots. It is of basic design and manufactured in blued steel with a single blade. It was inserted into a small pocket in the right boot and used by the airman in the event of him needing to evade capture. It was a simple task to cut the shoe section of the boots away from the suede uppers leaving the wearer less conspicuous in enemy occupied Europe. Two variants of the knife were produced with different length blades. This example is the larger type. The original blued finish is largely gone and the knife has some surface corrosion. The blade is the correct length and has not been not shortened or broken. A rare and sought after item. Stock code B21372.