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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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Cairncastle highland dancers

A big well done the girls at Cairncastle highland dancers who have been chosen to dance at londonderry walled city tattoo in august. This is a major event in N Ireland and brilliant to see a troop of local dancers being chosen to participate in this event. Here at Cairncastlemilitaria we are very happy to have helped in a very small way by sponsoring the tracksuits for the girls. Good luck to them and i am sure they will make cairncastle proud.530431_498515970211800_66400964_n[2]

IRISH 1897 PATTERN SWORD

Thanks to the efforts of our researcher Mr David Morrison i am pleased to tell you that Cairncastle Militaria has reunited this sword with the original owner after being lost for over 40 years.We received a very nice letter from him explaining that the sword was made available for training purposes and had been misplaced in 1970. We have also been informed that the sword will take pride of place in the regimental museum Enniskillen , Here atCairncastle Militaria we are very happy to have played a part in this interesting story.

                                                                            ELIZABETH 11  IRISH 1897 PATTERN INNISKILLING FUSILIERS SWORD BY MOSS BRO’S  KINGS STREET COVENT GARDEN.THE SWORD IS IN SUPER CONDITION UNFORTUNATLEY THE SCABBARD HAS SOME RUSTING MAINLY ON THE BACK ,I WOULD SURMISE THAT IT MAYBE HAS BEEN HUNG ON A DAMP WALL FOR SOME PEROID OF TIME

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