Real combat knife

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Dec 29, 2006
I thought this might be of interest.

I have a shooting bud, who is a real American hero. And he has a couple of interesting knives.

My bud, Danny was 101 Airborne before being Special Forces in Vietnam. I recently had a chance to take a picture of his knives.

The first is this special knife. Let me call it a “SOG”. I don’t know if that is the correct name. He received this in the period Oct 1964 to Dec 65, which was his first of three tours. This is his second SOG. He carried his first SOG on patrol, till one day, the tip broke off chopping bamboo. He received a replacement, but never had much faith in it after the problems with the first. Danny pointed out that there are absolutely no country of origin or manufacturer’s markings. This is no accident.

I weighed the knife on a postal scale, it weighs 12.2 ounces. The leather flap covering the stone broke off and is lost.



While the first knife has the collector value, and probably is being replicated today, I found Danny’s choice of carry knife to be interesting.

The knife he carried most of the time in Vietnam is this thin, light, commercial knife, made by Kbar.

The pommel has fallen off.

Danny carried this is because it is light, and it perfectly cut the bread in the C ration can.




I find Danny's choice of carry to be an interesting contrast to those who think a combat knife needs to be the equivalent of a Roman Short sword.

Danny mentioned that there were a lot of Randalls on the webbing of infantry officers, the classic K-Bar was very common and liked. And that entrenching tools were used, but not always for digging.
Yep, the knife in the first photo is very valuable on the collector market.
It is especially so if he hand writes a history of it from the first moment he saw it. Any pictures of it with him increase the value to collectors.
I was with the 101st in a RECON company dec 1967 to jan 69 on my first tour . I had Bo Randall make me up a #1 with the new fangled GE micarta handle. It was a carbon steel one and it got rusty in the seemingly endless rain! So before I went back in november 69 as a 97B attached to MACH V (with the famous MACV pass) for another 13 months I had Bo Randall make me a Model 14 7" in Stainless steel, it took about 3 months for me to get that Model 14 instead of the 3 weeks for the first #1 !
I had people I rubbed shoulders with in RVN who used similar knives. They were made by a Japanese company (Seki?) with "black" funding and the configueation varied slightly from batch to batch and that knife looks either well reground on the false edge, or I never saw (can remember)that model. Yes I liked knives back then! BTW leather ringed handles did not do well on the ground in RVN for more than a year or so,neither did the troops!
The SF knives were supposedly made in Okinawa by an unnamed company.

There were also some supposedly made in Japan by a company called Kiffe, who also made U.S marked M4 & M5 issue Bayonets.

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Seki isn't a company. It is a city in Japan known for its knife manufacturing. The SOG knives were unmarked and made in Japan. The knife in the picture was originally ground that way. You can tell from the way the spine flows to the tip.

There's a nice thread here somewhere with a lot of information about them.
Hso: I think the top edge was reground, not dissing the blade in any way,just never saw that positive included angle effect in an original and I saw many then and since. It however could have been like that if it was one of the early batches or specific unit order.I know that Seki was a city, and I heard they were FROM there, never heard from who though. I don't collect such things so am nothing other than a field expert.I do personnaly know of a few that were snapped by throwing them!
Many people believe SOG stands for Special Operations Group. In fact it stands for Studies and Observation Group. To cover up the true objective of the organization. His SOG knife is worth much-o money from collectors. I sold my plain old SF short bolo for 300.
I think the top edge was reground, not dissing the blade in any way,just never saw that positive included angle effect in an original and I saw many then and since.

If it had been reground, then it had also been repolished.

I was in the 5th SF group in Viet Nam. I served on an "A" team in the delta during 68 & 69. I carried a Gerber Mark I during my time there. Bought it in Fayeteville NC and it served me very well. They just don't make them like that any more.
I'm interested in the "Nameless" Japanese knife made in Seki Japan, used by the S Viet Spec For listed above. I have owned a ka-bar type knife, It was a gift. The nut on the back was indeed a nut other than that and a smaller and slightly less angled blade it was almost ident to a pilots ka-bar. I saw one this weekend and was told it was Japanese. The one I had was an exceptional knife on par with ka-bar, and has given me a life long love of ka-bar. I have the opertunity to buy the one I saw this weekend, and am going to, but I would like a bit more info from those of you who have been around them a bit more.
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