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To my knowledge, never. The U.S. style "fighting knife" made by Kabar, Camillus, Ontario and I am sure others is far more common. Randall's were once popular with the Fort Bragg set. I still have the Gerber (dagger) I carried in the service thirty plus years back.

Other than the WWII OSS/Commando connection its not on my radar screen.
 

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Col. Rex Applegate was a member of our local gun club, one time we talked about the Sykes Fairburn knife. He said one of the big problems with it was the round grip which made it too easy to twist in the hand when it got liquids on it and also made it difficult to index in the dark. That was one reason the Applegate Fairbairn knife had a different handle configuration.
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Very popular after WW II Lots of them sold . Korea and Vietnam saw them in used along with Randall Knives. . Always has enjoyed some popularity. Esp the ones with the Boot Sheath
 

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Knives with a bad ass look are always popular with a certain segment of the population.

I wouldn't call the Sykes knives really popular.

These are popular: Millions sold and still being sold. The average guy is the big buyer and the average guy just wants a good knife at a reasonable price.

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As someone who learned forestroke/backstroke, I've never had much interest in single edged blades. Fairbairn/Applegate is about as good as it gets for a "useful" dagger shape.

And yes, indexing is a b**ch with a round grip.
 

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Verminator, that used to be one of my favorite camping knives 'way back in the day. Still got it. Still works just fine. Good knife.

I'm familiar with the S-F knife but it never appealed to me for the reasons that Bearcat6 stated. There are many better designs available today. .
Yes, the Buck 119 is truly popular across a wide segment of those who engage in outdoor activities. The more experienced hunters and trappers probably end up with the 118.......another popular knife.

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The USMC's first exposure to the F-S was in China, before WW2. Those who got out of China, and survived the Philippines, swore by them, and told others.

Remember that the Ka-Bar was first adopted by the USMC in November 1942... the old WW1-designed Mark I Trench Knife, with its brass-knuckles-style hand guard, was not very popular, so Marines in less-inspected areas of the world tended to find alternatives to carry that worked better for them. The 4th Marine Regiment had been in China (based in Shanghai, where the F-S was created), since 1927 - so there had been a lot of "personalization" of smaller equipment items.

A virtual copy of the F-S was manufactured for the Marine Raider Battalions in 1942-43, and carried by them for quite a while.



The "commando" use of the knife in North Africa & Europe just amplified the legend.
 

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Never seen them as "popular" in US, unless it's something recent.
Maybe among WW2 blade collectors?

Daggers--FW, Gerber Mk 1, etc--suck as field knives. Great for stabbing,
awful for cutting heavy rope, opening containers and "everything else".
 
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