Happened to be relaxing the other night and watched the recent film Age of Heroes – played straight to my Boys Own heart with Sean Bean and Danny Dyer as soldiers in the behind -the-lines Commando forces of Ian Fleming dishing it out to the Nazi bastards up in Norway. Terrific stuff. Near the start of the film though there’s a scene where Sean Bean, a hard arsed Commando officer hands out the traditional Commando Fighting Knife – the defining accolade of the Commandos. However, he forgets to point out (though of course we can assume Sean Bean knows because he’s cool) that the Commando knife is indeed the double-edged Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife developed before World War II by William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes, two of the hardest bastards ever to serve with the Shanghai Municipal Police. Fairbairn and Sykes developed their trademark knife after many years of watching , participating in and training recruits for knife fights in Shanghai – more here at Wikipedia.
Well, just thought I’d make the point….(geddit!)