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I have a decent collection of Millies going back to a 440V model ( SE). Some I like better than others. ( BG42, M390 and a few more with the Ti CPM M4 being a different knife for practical purposes).
I have never wished I had more strength, or been in a position that I felt the millie wasn't tough enough for me. Not yet anyway. I've never felt like I wished it could cut and slice, or open and close better either.
I'm gonna have to follow Bob and pick one of these up too.
I've never had an issue with the toughness of the Military. I've cut through some pretty gnarly material with my Military's and haven't seen a bit of flex or lock movement. I don't really worry too much about overstrikes, spine whacks, etc. I carry the Military when I want to use a large knife that can slice like a beast and hold it's edge until my cutting tasks are done. I just can't say enough good things about this knife. Put a compression lock on it and make it in tip-up and I'd probably buy five more of them!
I guess I will never understand the desire for a tip-up military. Different strokes.....sure, but I don't feel the millie lends itself to being tip-up. It feels....well, awkward and unnatural in the tip-up position. I am not, solely, a tip- down kinda person as I actually carry many knives that feel right in tip-up carry, but when it comes to the military....nuh uh.
feelin right isnt the only problem, i dont want extended liners, if you as me i don't even want the second liner on the non locking side. but obviously this has been beaten to death over and over ....
Last edited by pwet; 09-07-2012 at 06:53 PM.
IMHO, the overall size of the Military would not lend itself very well for tip up carry. But, as mentioned, different strokes.....
Any change to the design(i.e. Compression lock, tip up carry, etc.) and the Military would not be a Military. I would be curious about a Military 2 with a stop lock but leave the original Millie alone....please.
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I believe sal has stated that the normal military will continue to be produced in addition to the military 2. Personally Im stoked for the military 2. Im not a fan of tip down carry or liner locks but love the military in general.
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In all honesty, the Military is one of the only knives that I don't mind to carry tip-down. For almost all other knives, however, I prefer tip-up. I remember another thread from awhile ago where Sal had mentioned plans for a new lock and four-way clip in the next iteration of the Military.
For the topic at hand, though, I'll reiterate: the Military has a proven track record when it comes to toughness.
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