Haven't dealt with 'em. Have dealt with these folks:
They've got the pricier models 1 and 2, and the general issue model - 1st and 2nd are pricey, 3rd is about $60. All are made by the original manufacturer, IIRC. Just search 'Fairbairn'.
I got a Model 1 from 'em, with no problems to speak of.
July 30, 2008, 01:29 PM
Jack! I don't know how much dough you're willing to part with, but you've at least gotta check out MercWorx' version of the subject tool. 'Course, it's only a photo, but I own a MercWorx knife (not this one) and am planning on getting another (unless I decide to get a Don Llewelyn 'Fighter' instead) and they are VERY nice in every respect!
July 30, 2008, 08:17 PM
Excellent advice guys thanks very much.
July 30, 2008, 11:01 PM
I haven't dealt w/ this company, but i am a disciple of Fairbairn. So much so in fact, I payed a ridiculous sum for a Pakistani Knock off of the Baby Fairbairn after reading about its use in WEB Griffins "Corps" series. At least i got it in Pakistan so the ridiculous sum was less than $10 American, and it has held up VERY well.
July 30, 2008, 11:24 PM
Good lord Mohawk, That Mercworx stuff is pricey!! I'll stick w/ my old KaBar and FS knock off thank you.
July 31, 2008, 01:46 AM
Roger that, Realbigo. I hate 'em for being so damn proud of their stuff that they affix those kinda prices to it all. Still, once I'd played with one of 'em, I couldn't let go of it (if you know what I mean). The blade designs are just so incredibly evil. They're just as tough as they are pretty, too. I have two of these knives -- one which I've kept in a pretty much virginal state, the other which I used and abused to some length -- and minus the scuffs about the blade of the one I've abused, it's otherwise no worse for the wear. But seriously, you should see how sickeningly they slice through animal hide and sinew. It made me wanna puke the first time I butchered a deer with one. The knife, not the deer. Not that I'm a expert, but I'd never seen a knife act against that kind of media like it was alive!
Mind you, I've had more minor accidents and near major accidents with these knives than with my Benchmade or Emerson knives. Another reason I'm kinda scared of 'em.
July 31, 2008, 08:16 AM
I'm sure it's been mentioned before... but ever since reading W.E.B. Griffin's "The Corps", I've wanted one of those Baby Fairbairn knives. Never been able to find one.
Looks like those ESA folks have one, basically. But before I go and drop $100 on a knife and sheath (and the sheath looks cheaply made), I'd like to know I'm not getting an overpriced letter opener.
I guess that's no help to the OP: We're in the same boat.
Anyone know if that company is for real? Or better yet, can anyone tell me where to find a Baby Fairbairn, or decent copy thereof?
July 31, 2008, 02:01 PM
Do a little research and you'll find that Wilkinson and Rogers both produced the knives during WWII (Wilkinson first and then joined by Rogers). Other companies may have produced them as well. It was wartime after all.
July 31, 2008, 10:10 PM
I believe AG Russell has a version of the Fairbain also. Give them a try.
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