What is your Favorite Knife? - Page 5




 
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June 15th, 2012  
muscogeemike
 
My first tour at Ft Bragg this subject came up. There seemed to be a general consensus among the “old time” SF soldiers that large knives were not good. They liked a 4“-5” blade knife to carry on their outer harness and a folding knife on their trousers belt (this was before multi-tools). They also thought carrying expensive knifes (Randal, etc) was not very smart. Knifes costing much less were just as good and when you lost them (which happens) you haven’t lost so much.

I remember after the movie Rambo came out many guys showed up at the SF Qualification course with knifes like were seen in the movie and caused many problems for the instructors, they seemed to believe knifes this size were only good for cutting down trees - and an axe or hatchet was better for that.

The bottom line is quality, mid range costing knifes and smaller blades. I don’t ever remember seeing a vet SF soldier carrying a K-bar.

Today I would have to go with a good multi-tool.
June 15th, 2012  
Yossarian
 
 
I bought a full priced K Bar years ago, maybe has only been out of the box twice.

More of a novelty item to me.

My favorite all around knife, which as mentioned, has diminished use for me personally since aquiring my leatherman.

Is my Gerber pocket knife with the handgun like "saftey" lock on it. Which is useful although I don't really notice the difference between that and a standard locking pocket knife.

But it's a cool 4 inches, heavy metal frame, only bad thing is it takes brake cleaner and lava to get sand out of the spring loaded mechanism if you happen fall out the boat while fishing a shallow river....
August 1st, 2012  
AdamAllen
 
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Originally Posted by 1217
My favorit is the KA-BAR.
I'm looking into buying one of those seal knives (see Redlegs link) for when I go diving this summer. 8)
QFT. Kabar is amazing.

For cooking, I like this chef's knife my mother handed down to me. Not as extreme as a Kabar but it cuts chicken up sooo easily.
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August 1st, 2012  
BritinAfrica
 
 
I hate knives, I only have to look at one and I start to bleed. I nearly severed two fingers off of my right hand trying to open a bubble pack of batteries with a knife.
August 1st, 2012  
George
 
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Originally Posted by godofthunder9010
http://www.sitemason.com/files/kCplXa/kukri.jpg
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EDIT: Found exactly the Knife I'd want up there.

a big blade, I'd take a Kukri over just about anything. I'd get it custom made, Damascas steel prolly. Something that will take quite a beating. A Roman Gladius is wouldn't be a bad choice either, but it would be a bit larger. One of those two would be excellent for situation where I've got no gun or I'm out of ammo. The Kukri also is great for hacking your way through underbrush and chopping down small trees, so its a great all-around thing to have with you.

Small blade, there are lots that I like and I'd have a lot of shopping to do.
I have a Kukri that reportedly was used by a SF guy in Vietnam.
August 2nd, 2012  
BritinAfrica
 
 
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Originally Posted by George
I have a Kukri that reportedly was used by a SF guy in Vietnam.
Modern kukri blades are often forged from leaf springs collected from recycled truck suspensions, I also heard/read somewhere that they were also made from old railway tracks. How true this is I don't know.

All Gurkha troops are issued the kukri, and in modern times in the Brigade of Gurkhas, they receive training in its use. The kukri gained fame in the Gurkha War for its effectiveness. Its continued use through both World War I and World War II enhanced its reputation among both Allied troops and enemy forces. During the Second World War, the kukri was purchased and used by other British, Commonwealth, and U.S. troops training in India, including the Chindits and Merrill's Marauders. It was also standard issue for Canadian scouts and snipers in North-West Europe.The reputation of the Gurkha with his kukri carried on through Falklands War.

On September 2, 2010, Mr. Bishnu Shrestha, alone and armed only with a kukri, defeated 30 bandits who attacked a passenger train he was on in India, killing three bandits, wounding eight more and forcing the rest of the band to flee.

I was not aware however, that Gurkha's are part of the Singapore police.
August 3rd, 2012  
viper2007
 
 
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Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
Modern kukri blades are often forged from leaf springs collected from recycled truck suspensions, I also heard/read somewhere that they were also made from old railway tracks. How true this is I don't know.

All Gurkha troops are issued the kukri, and in modern times in the Brigade of Gurkhas, they receive training in its use. The kukri gained fame in the Gurkha War for its effectiveness. Its continued use through both World War I and World War II enhanced its reputation among both Allied troops and enemy forces. During the Second World War, the kukri was purchased and used by other British, Commonwealth, and U.S. troops training in India, including the Chindits and Merrill's Marauders. It was also standard issue for Canadian scouts and snipers in North-West Europe.The reputation of the Gurkha with his kukri carried on through Falklands War.

On September 2, 2010, Mr. Bishnu Shrestha, alone and armed only with a kukri, defeated 30 bandits who attacked a passenger train he was on in India, killing three bandits, wounding eight more and forcing the rest of the band to flee.

I was not aware however, that Gurkha's are part of the Singapore police.
Yes, we do... It is called the Gurkha Contingent. It is within the Singapore Police Force. You may this wikipedia article useful

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gurkha_Contingent

There are about 2000 of them serving in the force. The simple reason for their existance in Singapore is because the govt saw their effectiveness nad they can be an impartial in any potential racial situation, considering our multi racial make-up. Interestingly, their Commanding Officer is British.
August 3rd, 2012  
BritinAfrica
 
 
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Originally Posted by viper2007
Yes, we do... It is called the Gurkha Contingent. It is within the Singapore Police Force. You may this wikipedia article useful

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gurkha_Contingent

There are about 2000 of them serving in the force. The simple reason for their existance in Singapore is because the govt saw their effectiveness nad they can be an impartial in any potential racial situation, considering our multi racial make-up. Interestingly, their Commanding Officer is British.
I bet the criminals give up when he /she see's the Gurkha's. The Gurkha's were traditionally officered by the British. Talking to a fella who fought alongside the Gurkha's during WW2 stated that any British officer in charge of them had to prove himself in battle, once he had proven himself they would follow him to hell and back. I've got a hell of a lot of respect for them, fantastic troops.
August 3rd, 2012  
viper2007
 
 
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Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
I bet the criminals give up when he /she see's the Gurkha's. The Gurkha's were traditionally officered by the British. Talking to a fella who fought alongside the Gurkha's during WW2 stated that any British officer in charge of them had to prove himself in battle, once he had proven himself they would follow him to hell and back. I've got a hell of a lot of respect for them, fantastic troops.
You are on the dot about the officers leading these fine bunch of men, Opa Brit...

My dad used to have a kukri knife. It was given to him by a Gurkha inspector for something that my dad had done for the group (I could not recalled what exactly. He was in the Marine Police, what is now known as the Police Coast Guard). It had a Police crest emborsed on it. and the scabbard was made of cowhide leather. I remembered my dad showing it to us when we were young. These items are now considered as restricted under the law.

I still remember that knife as mean looking...
August 3rd, 2012  
I3BrigPvSk
 
 
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Originally Posted by viper2007
You are on the dot about the officers leading these fine bunch of men, Opa Brit...

My dad used to have a kukri knife. It was given to him by a Gurkha inspector for something that my dad had done for the group (I could not recalled what exactly. He was in the Marine Police, what is now known as the Police Coast Guard). It had a Police crest emborsed on it. and the scabbard was made of cowhide leather. I remembered my dad showing it to us when we were young. These items are now considered as restricted under the law.

I still remember that knife as mean looking...
So you have the Gurkhas' as a police in Singapore? I hope you behave, Viper.

Did the Gurkhas ever served in Europe during the First World War?