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Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by ron finkbeiner jr, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. ron finkbeiner jr

    ron finkbeiner jr

    Jan 6, 2012
    What would ya'll consider to be the quentessential combat fixed blade?
  2. shinyedges

    shinyedges Unfaltering Love & Undeviating Will

    Jun 5, 2012
    The one carried by elite operators. Or at least advertised as the "one" they carry.:p

    It take my swatmandu. To big a knife is cumbersome for a full load of gear. Body armor, mags, rifle, pistol, medic bag, water, amongst other items.

    To expand a bit, I don't feel any brand blade is the quintessential combat knife. Including the kabar. I'd say the bayonet is the quintessential combat knife.

    Eta: I think I'd take my swatmandu attached securely to my iba.[​IMG]
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  3. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006

    I have always liked the look and size of a medium fixed blade for a soldier, not too big and yet ready to go when called upon, the one I have always liked is the Martin Tactical knives Sandbox Bowie.

    Or another favorite would be a EK model 5 with black micarta handles and brass guard, preferably the pre Blackjack ones made in Richmond, Va years ago. Another Ek that I fell for back when Desert Storm happened is an EK model 5, Desert tan with a sharpened spine and and tan parachord wrap. I actually have one, cost 140.00 back then, a lot for a guy just out of college with his first job and starting to collect knives. (Learned a lot since then). Or get the Kabar version of the EK Bowie. Or the Becker 7 with micarta handles.

    Lastly, if budget is a concern, any spear pointed blade, such as Ontario Blackbird in 154CM or even some of the Spec Plus line, I have a spear pointed 5in blade in 1095 with rubber handle and metal butt. Or plain jane, the Airforce pilots knife, clip blade leather handle.

    All of these are just my opinion, what I like and will vary with their people's tastes. You can search the forums here, there have been lots of threads where soldiers responded to what they carry.
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  4. Vicarious Reality

    Vicarious Reality

    Apr 9, 2008
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  5. Ace Rimmer

    Ace Rimmer

    Jul 4, 2017
    USN Kabar Mk II.
  6. Cereal_killer


    Apr 4, 2013
    Easy, long sword.

    -Captain Jack

    "In my opinion, sir, any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed"
  7. User27


    Apr 23, 2017
    MercWorx Sniper:D:p
  8. Cvrobinson

    Cvrobinson Going to hell, anyone need anything Platinum Member

    Dec 19, 2017
  9. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    A US Marine Corp Sword backed up by all the other blades, firearms, artillery, choppers, etc. the platoon has access to.


    A fixed blade is nice for formal occasions, weddings, change of command ceremonies, etc. but not very practical in the real world, IMHO.
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  10. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    Cinguedea, obviously.

    My brain clicks on the venerable KaBar MKII or a Randall. That's just what comes to mind quickly for me is all.

    Somebody's gonna add Smatchet.

    If I thought about it for awhile I'd probably settle on a katana or some sort of long sword.
  11. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    Leatherman duct-taped to the butt of an M4.
  12. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    You just used up Cinguedea AND Smatchet in that one post! :mad:

    There’s not much left to suggest other than a Case Peanut... :D
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  13. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    This. If you asked for the best my answer would likely differ, but the KABAR has become such a military icon that I would argue that for modern purposes, it is the quintessential combat blade.
  14. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Yeah. Apart from anything else, it is actually a beautiful knife that handles well. 1095 is a useful, no nonsense steel. It’s a good value knife and, as you say, it is utterly iconic.
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  15. palonej

    palonej Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Or the mighty Jarbenza!

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  16. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    Don't forget ballistic knife:D

    My brain goes back and forth between Ka-Bar and a Khukuri.
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  17. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    Would a Leatherman Squirt inside a Navy Railgun count as a ballistic knife? o_O
  18. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    Define "combat fixed blade," please. Are you talking a dedicated fighting knife? A "utility" blade?
  19. Cvrobinson

    Cvrobinson Going to hell, anyone need anything Platinum Member

    Dec 19, 2017
    Any knife I ordered if my wife finds in the mailbox before I get to it is "a ballistic knife"
  20. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Being an Englishman, and being very proud of our Gurkha Regiment, the Khukuri gets my vote. ;)
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