RAF 1943 pattern 'escape' boot knife

RAF 1943 pattern 'escape' boot knife

Code: BDFGF7

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Stores reference 22P/11.  An original knife issued for use with the 1943 pattern 'escape' boot.  It is of basic design, manufactured using a folded metal body fitted with a single blade.  When inserted into a small pocket in the right boot it was ready for use 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 main variants of the knife were produced with different length blades.  This example is the smaller type measuring approximately 4.75" (11.5cm) overall with a 1.75" (4cm) sheep's foot blade.  As with all escape bot knives it is unmarked but was probably manufacrtured by George Ibberson and Company.  Condition is very good, it retains virtually all of the original blued finish, the blade is the correct length and has not been shortened or broken.  There is minor storage wear and surface corrosion as seen.  Complete with what appears to the the original tissue wrapping.  A very rare and sought after item.  Stock code BDFGF7.