03 Jun 2013
SOE GRAVITY KNIFE
We have a very rare George Ibberson & co SOE gravity knife in great condition.
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History of the British Gravity Knife
After British forces had captured numbers of the Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger-Messer, the British government approached George Ibberson & Co. of Sheffield, England, a knife and cutlery manufacturer, and asked him to produce a British version of the German Luftwaffe gravity knife for the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and other clandestine warfare units.
Under the initial wartime contract, George Ibberson & Co. initially made 500 gravity knives for issue to the SOE and other special forces. Two other manufacturers, both of Sheffield, Yorkshire, produced between 1,200 and 1,500 knives during the war.
These Sheffield gravity knives had smooth wood or textured plastic scales, but were otherwise identical in features and operation to the Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger-Messer, with a locking gravity-deployed blade, takedown feature, and a folding rigging spike or awl.
In the hands of British SOE agents, the Sheffield gravity knife was considered to be a secondary combat weapon.
In addition to the knife blade, SOE close combat instructors found that the folding rigging spike was useful for silent elimination of sentries by opening the carotid artery on the neck.
The gravity knife, which is a direct copy of the German gravity knife was made by the Company George Ibberson of Sheffield, England. When British forces first captured German Paratroopers equipment many items were copied by the British War Office.
Amongst collectors of British knives the gravity knife is basically the Holy Grail.
The story goes that after the war the gravity knives were gathered up, taken and dumped in the North Sea
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