WW2 British Special Operations Executive Folding Knife With Moulded Bolster By William Rodgers, Sheffield.

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WW2 British Special Operations Executive Folding Knife With Moulded Bolster By William Rodgers, Sheffield.

Postby Papas-toybox » Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:39 pm

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.
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Re: WW2 British Special Operations Executive Folding Knife With Moulded Bolster By William Rodgers, Sheffield.

Postby Papas-toybox » Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:48 pm

Based on the responses from other sites, SOE knives did not have a makers mark on them. Still looking for any information that proves otherwise. So unless I can find it, this is nothing other than a civilian version according to them.
Thanks.

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Re: WW2 British Special Operations Executive Folding Knife With Moulded Bolster By William Rodgers, Sheffield.

Postby cottage hill bill » Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:53 pm

That knife is still in production. Bought one a couple of years ago. I think Rogers and a couple of others have been making them continuously since the war. Check ebay and you'll find them.

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Re: WW2 British Special Operations Executive Folding Knife With Moulded Bolster By William Rodgers, Sheffield.

Postby GerryD » Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:04 pm

I think the SOE knife also had a tyre slashed at the opposite end to the blade.
https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auct ... 6c00afb4db

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Re: WW2 British Special Operations Executive Folding Knife With Moulded Bolster By William Rodgers, Sheffield.

Postby GerryD » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:42 pm

The knife above sold for £1500 plus fees????


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