Over the years I have found it useful to introduce a system to subdivide the Wilkinson Second Pattern F-S Fighting Knife for ease of identification.  This is based on the ‘finish’ of the knife and is as follows:

Type III:

The most often encountered Wilkinson Second Pattern there have a polished blade and a blued/blackened hilt.

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Type I:

This identifies the F-S that has the same overall finish as the original First Pattern knife.  The blade is highly polished and the hilt, inclusive of cross-guard and pommel nut have all been nickel plated.

Type II:

In contract to the above type these knives are chemically blued/blackened on all parts.

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