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What is a good knife for a Marine? - Benjamin Liu - 01-04-2018

I have a nephew who is graduating Boot Camp in February.

I'm wondering about what would be useful, as well as other things like what carry restrictions the USMC has since it would be pointless to get him something he can't carry.

Do Marines get issued the Ontario or Kabar USMC Fighting Knife or is that purchased?

I'm thinking more along the lines of a folder.


RE: What is a good knife for a Marine? - Kid Couteau - 01-04-2018

Marine =Kabar


RE: What is a good knife for a Marine? - ddennis2 - 01-04-2018

What sort of job will he be doing after Boot Camp?. Most personnel clerks, electronic techs, supply clerks, etc don't have a lot of need for a sheath knife, and there can be prohibitions on wear with the uniform when not in an actual combat situation.

Not every marine is a stone killer even though they all pretend to be.

DD


RE: What is a good knife for a Marine? - canon6 - 01-04-2018

Wold a multi tool ,perhaps be more adaptive for what comes.


RE: What is a good knife for a Marine? - Scottman - 01-04-2018

crkt m16


RE: What is a good knife for a Marine? - TRYKER - 01-05-2018

i'm thinking a becker bk16 sheath knife AND a boker auto like the ak74.


RE: What is a good knife for a Marine? - Grizzly Dave - 01-05-2018

James Helm is Hoodlum Stormcrow and makes the very best knives for fighting men


RE: What is a good knife for a Marine? - Benjamin Liu - 01-05-2018

(01-04-2018, 11:13 PM)Scottman Wrote: crkt m16

Is there a specific model of the M-16?  The types with a full guard?

I've had two, but they were from 2001-2.  My small M-16Z was OK but did not hold an edge well (typical of my experience with CRKT's AUS6) and my larger one was a M-1614 in AUS8 which was a much better knife.  They currently have some in AUS8, and some in the newer Chinese steels and even some in AUS4 which I wouldn't use considering my experience with their AUS6.


So far I'm considering a Cold Steel Voyager, Spyderco Endura or Delica, CRKT M-16, and a multitool.  I think he'll be spending most of his time in California so a fixed blade is out. 

I'm leaning towards something coated and/or stainless.  Does anyone have experience with the Voyagers in recent years in terms of rust resistance?


RE: What is a good knife for a Marine? - Grizzly Dave - 01-06-2018

I owned a voyager plain edge clipped point.
The pocket clip broke and I lost it in a foot race with a bad guy. Angry
One time I asked Ek what he carried all over the planet and it was a Voyager folder and an Ek model 3 SF fixed blade. That is a real world of experience in that choice of cutlery. Cool
My EDC is the Benchmade AFCK advanced folding combat knife. I have carried it for ever, since they were first introduced...20 years ago? it is G-10/stainless hi carbon ATS-34 and Titanium liners with liner lock. Chris Jankowski from Toq Alaska recommended it and I got one right away and have not regretted it.


RE: What is a good knife for a Marine? - wmerrin - 01-06-2018

(01-06-2018, 02:04 AM)Grizzly Dave Wrote: The pocket clip broke and I lost it in a foot race with a bad guy. Angry

Well, did you catch him?

Wally


RE: What is a good knife for a Marine? - Benjamin Liu - 01-06-2018

Was that a plastic or metal clip Voyager?

I had the plastic clip on my first Endura break and Spyderco replaced the knife. The guy I talked to told me that some of them are defective and will break but the normally should not.

Years later I had the metal clip keep coming off (old 1998 style) and eventually it got lost. So far I've never had issues with the clip on the Byrd I've been carrying for a few years or the Emerson CQC-7BW I've carried since 2002.

I had a "large" Voyager tanto which I carried for maybe a year, switching between that and my Endura. I never understood why their sized are medium, large, and extra large when the "medium" should be "small." I don't know what happened to it, whether my dad, brother, or maybe even one of my sisters has it.

The new Voyagers have flat grinds, or at least they did when my sister got hers.


RE: What is a good knife for a Marine? - jbarrow - 01-06-2018

A few years ago recon division had Bark River design the Bravo 1 in a-2 specifically for them.  Army Infantry I talked to going to the sandbox prefer a folder. Every ounce counts. It must stay out of the way of other gear.  I have a Benchmade mini Barrage in cm154 sitting in a box looking for a home I would happily send to you.  Fixed blade?  Have you looked into a  Bradford Guardian 3 or 4??  The Bravo 1 is a tank in A-2 or 3v.   Please let me know on the folder.  Jim


RE: What is a good knife for a Marine? - Grizzly Dave - 01-06-2018

(01-06-2018, 02:55 AM)wmerrin Wrote:
(01-06-2018, 02:04 AM)Grizzly Dave Wrote: The pocket clip broke and I lost it in a foot race with a bad guy. Angry

Well, did you catch him?

Wally

Roughed him up and cuffed him up. He had been released from city police cells 3 hours earlier...I guess he wanted to get back for supper time. Cool


RE: What is a good knife for a Marine? - Grizzly Dave - 01-06-2018

(01-06-2018, 03:09 AM)Benjamin Liu Wrote: Was that a plastic or metal clip Voyager?

I had the plastic clip on my first Endura break and Spyderco replaced the knife.  The guy I talked to told me that some of them are defective and will break but the normally should not.
It was the plastic clip molded into the handle.
Because I live in Canada I didn't want to be screwed by Canada Customs so I didn't send it back.
I was going to put on a metal clip, but lost it before I got a round to it


RE: What is a good knife for a Marine? - ddennis2 - 01-06-2018

Thinking about it...wouldn't a box of crayons be more appropriate for a marine?? Smile

DD