WW2 British RAF/SOE Beadon Survival Folding Clasp Knife
Stores Reference 22P/11. Sometimes referred to as the R.A.F. 'Clasp' knife. Manufactured with a simple folded sheet steel body with a 'blued' finish. Fitted with two blades - one simple 9.75cm / 3.75" standard single edged spear-point blade and a similar length non-edged spike. Many of these were manufactured by George Ibberson and Company. These knives were issued as part of the Beadon Flying Suit (Lightweight Flying Overall) and the Tropical Survival kit. There is also a suggestion that these were sometimes packed in red cross parcels (which seems unlikely) or even dropped to Resistance Forces. This example is, as many are, unmarked. Excellent overall condition with most of the original blued finish remaining. Once relatively common they have now become quite a rare find.