Rare JOSEPH RODGERS & SONS Vintage British WWII OSS/SOE Escape KNIFE Multi Tool. This is an extremely rare knife/multi tool. These knives were made by Joseph Rodgers and Sons before and after the first world war.
During WW2 they were fitted with various blades and tools and issued to special forces. The British military issued these knives/multi tools to units of the S. (Special Operations Executive) and the O.
(Office of Strategic Services) as well as other units. Several variations of this knife were made with some having a can opener or 3 saw blades. The 3 nested hacksaw blade version was designed to be an "Escape Tool" for units operating behind enemy lines. This example is in excellent condition for its age.
All of the blades are intact and still sharp including the 3 often broken saw blades. The wire cutter has some small dents on the cutting surface from being used to cut something a bit too hard. There is still a good amount of bluing still present on the saw blades but there is a bit of minor rust showing.
Overall, this piece is in much better condition than most of the ones you will find pictures of online. This tool has not been cleaned or polished and is just as we received it. We prefer to leave the decision to clean it up to the next owner. There are only 2 areas with markings.
The knife blade is marked "JOSEPH RODGERS & SONS". One of the nickel silver scales is marked "MADE IN ENGLAND".
Please refer to the pictures for more information on the condition of this item. The item "Rare JOSEPH RODGERS & SONS Vintage British WWII OSS/SOE Escape KNIFE Multi Tool" is in sale since Friday, May 28, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Great Britain\Edged Weapons". The seller is "goldiggersandgunslingers" and is located in Inverness, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States.