Author Steven Dick writes, “The Dutch Korps Commandotroepen was first formed in March 1942 by the British as part of their No. 10 Inter Allied Commando group to conduct raids against occupied Europe. Given that background, it should come as no surprise that the legendary Fairbairn-Sykes-style dagger has been part of Dutch spec-ops equipment from the very first.” Hill Knives, a Dutch custom shop, is now offering a limited-edition, handmade version of the Fairbairn-Sykes to commemorate the Netherlands’ most elite military unit. The double-edged blade is made of N690 Extra Co stainless steel, and the knife weighs 7.7 ounces.

Dick explains, “Hill stresses the fact that it has greatly beefed up the blade tang on its version, for added strength in the handguard area. They have also added a wide, flat ricasso that is ideally suited to thumb placement when the blade’s edges are held horizontally.” In terms of how this translates in the real world, the author says that “if you are one of the well-trained few who really do stalk the enemy in the dark, Hill’s Dutch Commando dagger will still get the job done. Read the full story in the January 2014 issue of Tactical Knives, available on newsstands and digitally on September 17, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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