Small Chopper in Pilot's Ejection Survival Kit?

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  1. redsquid2

    redsquid2 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 31, 2011
  2. Preacher Man

    Preacher Man Moderator Moderator

    Jan 28, 2005
    It is a 9 inch (14 inch overall) stainless steel russian machete. The russians have used this and one more design for a while now which they include in all kinds of pilot's survival kits, even on the survival kits issued for the Soyuz cosmonauts.

    COSMONAUT-SURVIVAL-MACHETE-1200x691.jpg


    At one point the machete doubled as the stock for the TP-82, a survival rifle/shotgun. That doesn't make sense to me, but that is how they worked it out.

    Russian TP-82.jpg


    The Spetsnaz (russian Special Forces) use what I think is a better design, which looks like the russian version of a Woodsman's Pal, but its functionality makes it more like the russian version of a kukri.

    russian Spetsnaz machete.jpg

    This video shows a good description of its features.

    [video=youtube;RqZs8QDSMA0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqZs8QDSMA0[/video]
     

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  3. redsquid2

    redsquid2 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 31, 2011
    Pretty darn cool. I had no idea.

    BUT it looks like that blunt tip has a chisel edge, which would slice into your arm, if you used it as a gun butt. :eek:

    [OK, correction: I see the attachment in that second picture, for using it as a gun butt/stock]

    The ice climbing function I am doubtful about. It just doesn't look stout enough.

    The protractor - cool.

    Grappling hook. I'll believe it when I see it, because it looks like it would not hold, on the top of a wall.
     

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