OSS Smatchet


The odd-looking, but very effective Smatchet was the brainchild of William Fairbairn during WWII for the OSS and British SAS for use on clandestine missions behind enemy lines. Our replica has a sharp, full tang high carbon steel blade with a matte blued finish. Features hardwood grips and an aluminum pommel with a lanyard hole. Includes belt scabbard
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The odd-looking, but very effective Smatchet was the brainchild of William Fairbairn (who also co-developed the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife) during WWII for the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) and British SAS (Special Air Service) for use on clandestine missions behind enemy lines. There were many variations in the grip and pommel, but the basic specifications never changed.

Our reproduction is based on an original piece loaned to us by a very generous collector (we matched it detail to detail). Features a 1065 high carbon steel, full tang, blued matte finished blade that’s razor sharp on one cutting side and 1/3  of the reverse edge. The close-grained hardwood grips are held in place with 2 big rivets, the cast aluminum pommel (pinned in place) includes a lanyard hole. The hardwood-lined and black leather-covered sheath fits on belts up to 3-1/4" wide. Our replica even features the angled belt loop on the sheath, just like the original!

  • Overall: 16-3/4"
  • Blade: 11" long, 3/16" thick
  • Wt: 1 lb / 8 oz

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I really wanted to like this knife but it is wrong in so many ways. The sheath is terrible and is below the quality of a gas station knife which is disastrous because Windlass/MR usually have amazing sheaths!  You could go the custom route but unfortunately the quality of this knife does not warrant a custom sheath.

The handle is not contoured to fit the hand so don’t look to this as a blade you will use to do actual work. The blade has rust and pitting on it and is barely sharp

Most disappointing is the price. This is not a $150 piece. Maybe with a better handle, better blade and usable sheath it would be
- Mike, June 24, 2023 | Verified Purchase
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