Digging through the boxes of knives I purchased from an estate. Most a collectible slipjoint Case, Tidouette, Schrade, Queen, Bulldog, Hen & Rooster, Bear and Son, etc. However, I found this one lying in the bottom of a box I had not even looked in yet.
WW2 British S.O.E. (Special Operations Executive) folding knife with moulded bolster. This knife was manufactured in England primarily for use by the S.O.E. Some of the knives produced don't have a manufacturers name or origin but this one has "William Rodgers, Sheffield, England" stamped on the blades ricasso. There were two versions of this knife, one with a black moulded bolster and one with a white metal bolster. This knife has the black moulded bolster. The grips are chequered Bakelite or Bexoid. The bade measures 3 1/2" long, 8 1/4" overall with the blade locked out. The blade folds out and locks in place. It is released with a metal lockback sprung thumb release which works perfectly. The blade is polished steel and is in amazing condition as is the whole knife.
Just wanted to share the photos with others that share my interest in Military weapons.