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A valuable relic from World War II
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Posted By: PALADIN85020, 09-08-2010, 12:28 PM

This picture is of an OSS stiletto. These were issued to some folks in the Office of Strategic Services (forerunner of the CIA) during WWII. Some were kept in storage and re-issued during the the CIA-run Bay of Pigs invasion during the Kennedy administration. They are very rare and hardly ever found today. I photographed this one for a friend for insurance purposes. The handle is checkered blackened brass. It's pictured with its original scabbard, often referred to today as the "pancake flipper" scabbard for obvious reasons. These were modeled on the British Fairbairn-Sykes knives, also from the WWII period. They were designed strictly for stabbing, not for cutting - a deadly close-quarters last-ditch weapon.

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The latter definitely looks like a piece of kitchenware- wow! And that stilleto would undoubtedly be deadly...

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