It has a lethal dagger stashed inside, while a pencil, also up for auction tomorrow, has a thin blade in place of lead to aid the undercover agent A treasure trove of deadly gadgets issued to British spies during the Second World War has been unearthed. Innocent-looking everyday items were converted to deadly weapons by the Special Operations Executive to use behind enemy lines. The items include a smoking pipe with a detachable mouthpiece which pulls out to reveal a lethal steel dagger. And a run-of-the-mill travel razor kit has a hidden spike blade in the case. There is also a steel dagger spike which could be concealed in clothing and brandished in life or death situations.. The ‘escape and evasion’ items were amassed by a collector of World War Two memorabilia over the years but have now emerged for auction. Other ingenious items issued to SOE agents were matchboxes with a hidden compass inside and miniature message containers which could be concealed from prying guards. One of the lots in the sale is a ‘biscuit tin’ radio transmitter which was used by an agent to receive messages behind enemy lines in occupied Belgium. Mathew Tredwin, of C&T Auctioneers of Ashford, Kent...