The Fairbairn Smatchet

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uncleboob

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Afternoon all. Have been reading a few books over the last week or so and happened across the Fairbairn Smatchet. Anyone got one or used one? What are your thoughts? Unusual looking tool, fascinating though



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Nice65

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I’m on my phone, but if you type ‘smatchet’ into the search box it throws up a few threads. There was one not long ago, it was the first time I’d seen a smatchet.
 

TeeDee

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If you wanted one:-

 
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MikeLA

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Wow haven’t read my all in fighting book for years, but just this afternoon went through it with my youngest child and saw the chapter on that knife at the back. My child now knows a couple of self defence techniques and wants to learn more.
 
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moocher

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If you wanted one:-

Not instock.
 

Broch

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Looks like a very shortened version of the Cledd to me - I think I'd rather have a full length one TBH

 
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uncleboob

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Wow haven’t read my all in fighting book for years, but just this afternoon went through it with my youngest child and saw the chapter on that knife at the back. My child now knows a couple of self defence techniques and wants to learn more.
Brilliant book! Loved it! Some good foundations for self defence in there....got my matchbox in my pocket...just in case!


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TeeDee

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Looks like a very shortened version of the Cledd to me - I think I'd rather have a full length one TBH


Get one of these.


( Brace yourself - Out of stock - Again, my sincere apologies. :) )
 

uncleboob

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Looks like a very shortened version of the Cledd to me - I think I'd rather have a full length one TBH

What’s the story on these?


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TeeDee

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Other than originals and the odd cold steel one, I think this is the only place you can get them now...£350 though


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Pretty sure a maker here could fashion one for you - they dont look horribly complicated or refined.
 

Snufkin

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Other than originals and the odd cold steel one, I think this is the only place you can get them now...£350 though


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A lot of dosh for a drawer queen, still, maybe one day...
 

Broch

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What’s the story on these?


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Pretty much as described in the article or here:


They were commissioned by Lord Howard de Walden who issued the knives to the 9th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers in the first World War; he was a Major. There's an original at Chirk Castle; his estate. He was quite a colourful character :)

 

TeeDee

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Looks a bit like Roman gladius crossed with a spade. Effective no doubt. It does look a bit heavy though.

I tend to agree - its an , odd shape - If we are talking in terms of its intended use it obviously has the required length but why the additional midway weight and bulk? If its intended for slashing that could be achieved with equal length and less bulk. If its intended for stabbing again same thing can be achieved with the same length and a sharp point.

It obviously doesn't have a triangular blade profile which would make wounds remain open.



Its interesting but I can't see the reasoning for it to be designed in such a way. Any Idea?

Its quite a long long way from the FS designed pig sticker which was primarily intended for sentry removal I believe, this thing is more of a Oriental inspired small machete.