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If you were to go to war today, which knife would you take with you?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Solomonson, Dec 27, 2020.

  1. mdauben

    mdauben Member

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    I've never been in the army, but honestly if I was actually in that situation I think I'd just bring the Swiss Army Soldier knife. The Smatchet was meant more as a joke, although I do have one in my collection and have always been fascinated by the knife and the designer, William E. Fairbairn.
     
  2. JShirley

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    ah, I get it. The thing is, it's not dissimilar to many knives that Confederate soldiers possessed when they went off to war. Most of those were discarded along the trails they marched- in a war where most combatants used single shot weapons.

    A lot of folks have very strong opinions about what they would do if they were x, without any experience of having been that thing. This is one of the several reasons that insistence that the M14 (one of the two least successful US general issue rifles ever) was the way to go in 'nam persists.

    It's hard to go wrong with a Swiss Army knife.
     
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  3. theotherwaldo

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    I didn't choose the SAK because I don't usually think of it as a knife.
    To me, it's always been a poorly designed multi-tool that is likely to fail when you need it most.
    Even the Leatherman is, at best, marginal.
    In a survival situation, failed tools can kill you.
     
  4. skoro

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    Fixed Blade: Kabar USMC fighting knife

    Folder: Boker Kalashnikov
     
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  5. Shanghai McCoy

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    I was a Navy Diver back in the 70's and was issued a Mk2 for daily dive use on a tender. That knife got hard use,(abuse), almost daily in salt water. Not combat but the knife sure held up. :thumbup:
     
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  6. CapnMac

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    After considerable contemplation of my age, need for medical deferments, and area of specialty, and the like, it would probably be my Gerber Dime.
    Life in an office can be ever so glamorous.
     
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  7. D.B. Cooper

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    You communist heathen!!! You best sound of that you love the Swiss Army Knife! - in my best Gunny Ermy voice.
     
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  8. Irish Bird Dog

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    Time tested K-Bar knife.
     
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  9. JShirley

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    The Marine Fighting Knife is a decent fighter, and strong, but too big for individual carry unless you're in a vehicle.
     
  10. Boattale

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    ^^ I respectfully - especially in light of your experience - disagree. But I was USMC and carried a lot of really heavy/bulky stuff so factor that in.
     
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  11. JShirley

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    Shrug. I will admit to carrying an even larger and heavier knife, but it replaced my E Tool, and was necessary for my mission (11C, at the time.)

    The Marine Fighting Knife is either less or more knife than needed for most deployment tasks. IMO. Not a machete, but a lot of knife to carry along with body armor, ammo, ammo for the crew-served weapons, rifle, water, etc.

    John
     
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  12. hso

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    Yep. Something you carry a LOT, but rarely use changes the more you actually carry it. Hikers and backpackers learn that lesson.
     
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