This is another one of those dilemnas that isn't bad to have -- a choice between two excellent knives. If anyone tells you one is a lot better than the other, they probably haven't handled the other enough! I've find them fairly comparable.
I think the knives have small plusses and minusses versus each other. I know I'll think of more as I go...
- Handle: AFCK's handle is huge, the Military's is even bigger. You might like the bigger handle a bit if you wear big gloves, or might like the smaller handle if you clip it in your pocket and carry it all day. Both handles have excellent ergonomics, but for my hands the AFCK holds a slim edge. Military's handle flexes more, or at least used to.
- Blade steel: M-2 and 440V, how can you go wrong with either one? Both hold an edge extremely well, but 440V holds it a bit more. M-2 is tougher. The M-2 AFCK only comes in Black-T, something to consider if you do or don't particularly want a black blade.
- Blade shape: AFCK has a more conventional clip point with plenty of belly and a sharp point. Military has a sharp point too, and a bit less belly than the AFCK.
- Blade grind: AFCK has a sabre grind, Military has a full flat grind. Full flat grind is my fave. It is easier to sharpen in the long run and all things being equal performs better (but all things here aren't necessarily equal...)
- Cutting performance: excellent for both. The full flat grind on the Military makes it an excellent cutter. But the AFCK's sabre-ground blade makes up for the grind disadvantage in several ways. Most importantly, the forward rake on the AFCK makes it perform incredibly on slashes and even whittling. And the Military's excellent ergonomics and edge geometry make it a top performer.
- Clip: the M-2 AFCK has a high-mounted black clip (which I favor, as the clip disappears on you). The Military's clip is lower-mounted (more knife sticks out of your pocket) and plain-metal colored (ie., it grabs more attention).
- Lock: both knives user liner locks. My own feelings on this issue aside
, both these knives seem to have very well-done locks.
Like I said, minor advantages and disadvantages versus each other. Unless one of these small things is a major deciding factor for you (e.g., "I absolutely can't deal with a black blade", "I must have a high-mounted black clip"), I'd recommend you just go ahead and handle both knives, and see which one works better in your hand and in your pocket for you.
Oh, and just to make things tougher, bear in mind that EDI is coming out with an A-2 Genesis. Maybe my point-by-point discussion should have been a 3-way comparison? No way should you count out the A-2 Genesis!
Hey, what's the REKAT Carnivore's steel going to be?