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knives/ military service

Postby mjmcdowell » Wed May 14, 2003 12:00 am

So I was sitting here wondering if any of you guy's/gal's are/were in the service and are/were allowed to carry your own personal knife? If so what kind? was it a spyderco? what model? I was In the army a long time ago, 11B40 Inf. Sqd. Ldr. with the 9th Inf. Div. in RVN before these amazing spyders were born. I think I would have liked to have had a fixed blade ronin, no moving parts to be concerned with, and a kydex sheath [man! that would have been the nut's no leather to rot!] carried around my neck with one dog attached to the chain. My primary knife still would my Randal #14 attack but the little Ronin would have been great to have if for nothig else than for a little extra comfort. Soooooo.. what do my fellow fourmites have to say on this subject? I would be interested to know. Be safe MJMcDowell.

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Postby SpydercoKnut » Wed May 14, 2003 3:38 pm

I'm a servicemember and they pretty much let us carry what we want and I carry a Chinook. Pound for pound, a great knife!!

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Postby dialex » Thu May 15, 2003 12:04 am

During the service we were not allowed (according to the regulations) to carry anything but the standard equipment, and those bayonettes really sucks (the AK-47 are pretty good though) <img src="wink.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>
But if I were to choose, there would be a CE Military in S30V (what else, he, he) and a SPOT as backup.

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Postby dynaryder » Thu May 15, 2003 12:31 am

I don't think there's many restrictions on what you can carry. Around aircraft you'd prolly have to have it marked and tethered for FOD reasons,and you'd prolly get some funny looks having that Randall on your belt working the chow hall.

I'm fascinated by this military/knife thing. A similar thread to this was brought up before w/everyone feeling the need for big combat knives. Nowadays,the idea of needing to drag along all kinds of personal gear is becoming outdated. My Dad(Navy 'Nam vet) is constantly amazed at the gear I have,and I'm an AF computer geek. Plus,we don't fight the way our daddys did. With the level of C&C we have today,the chance of having to make it on your own are slim to none. Unless you're aircrew or spec forces,both of whom get top-end kit. You're either going to have support,which makes your own stuff redundant,or you're captured,in which case you don't get to keep your stuff. And as I said before,if something happened to my weapon,I'd look for another one before I pulled a knife. Knife vs assault rifle is not a good idea.

If/when I get deployed again,I'd take an LED headlamp,a multi-tool,and a mid-sized folder. Basically what I carry every day. I'd be more interested in bringing things for creature comfort than survival.

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Postby Alan2112 » Thu May 15, 2003 12:41 am

In our unit the most popular knife is the Endura, those that have been deployed were issued BM Stryker Automatics. You can carry pretty much anything that you want. RKBA!

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Postby gadfly » Fri May 16, 2003 10:43 am

When I was in the service (1966-1970) I carried a USAF issued aircrew knife made by Schrade-Walden.

In addition to having a flat hook with a sharpened inside edge (used for cutting parachute cords - in an emergency). It was also had another blade, which was a switchblade.

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Postby hawkbill » Fri May 16, 2003 4:08 pm

When I was active duty Army (76-79) I carried a Gerber Mk II which I pick-up at a local gun shop outside the main gate. No pocket knife that I can recall.

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Postby glockman99 » Fri May 16, 2003 5:57 pm

Army Air Corps (72-75). I carried a Buck 110 most of the time back then, along with a Gerber dagger. Were it today, it would be a Camillus/Becker BK-7 Combat Utility, a Spydie Police model, and a SOG PowerLock multi-tool.

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Postby Wunderbar » Sat May 31, 2003 1:21 pm

I was in the 2nd of the 504 PIR (82nd Airbourne Division) from '86 to '90. We were not able to carry fixed blades when jumping unless the sheath was reenforced with metal on the bottom. Most of us carried the Buck 110 or Spyderco's. I had a delica in '90 when they first came out. Other than what I stated above, you were able to carry any knife that you wanted.

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Postby ofelas » Wed Sep 03, 2003 5:04 pm

Comes down to value for $$$, I guess, except for true enthusiasts; popular choices seem to be production Emersons or Spydercos.

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Postby Concord_Bob » Wed Sep 03, 2003 6:58 pm

Gadfly,

I know that knife well. I have two of them, one made by Logan-Smythe, the other by Camilus. I have had one in my duty bag for years. It's hard to beat the line hook for cutting seat belts.

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Postby KBR » Wed Sep 03, 2003 7:04 pm

I wasn't into knives back then, but I was issued a Leatherman PST, while in a Munitions Unit in the AF.

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Postby joshua » Wed Sep 03, 2003 7:46 pm

I recently returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom and I brought a menagerie of knives with me to the desert: A Spyderco Military serrated in CPM 440V, a Camillus CUDA MAXX 5.5 with a bowie style blade, an Emerson CQC-7B BTS, a Benchmade 910 SBT Stryker, and a Leatherman WAVE and tool adapter. I loved the Spyderco, it would cut through anything. The only complaint I had with it was rust spots would appear after sitting in my pocket for awhile, but were buffed out with a little oil. I moved it to my right cargo pocket and carried the Benchmade in my pocket and that took care of that. I recently purchased a Fred Perrin for the next deployment. Hope it works well. I'm sure it will. I love Spydercos.

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