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The Israeli Commando Knife

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by James Green Dragon, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. James Green Dragon

    James Green Dragon

    Oct 24, 2004
    Does anyone have any experience with this blade?:


    Better picture but higher price:


    I've never read any reviews on it but the design has always interested me. Kinda expensive when you consider some of the competition but Sheffield makes some excellent blades & it would have certain collector value especially if one is in to military knives...

    I'd be interested in things like where the balance point is in relation to the guard, approximate edge thickness, ease of sharpening etc if anyone is familiar with this knife - thanks!
  2. Tweakmeister


    Jan 17, 2005
    Save $30 and buy the KaBar
  3. Thomas Linton

    Thomas Linton

    Jun 16, 2003
    I have seen it cheaper, but they called it an "Israeli Army Knife." "Commando" raises the price.

    Materials and execution aside, it at least has the fuller in the right place whereas the "Ka-bar" does not. The folks who made the first MK II's didn't understand why Webster Marble put the fuller where he did on the "Ideal."
  4. James Green Dragon

    James Green Dragon

    Oct 24, 2004
    Exactly (about the fuller). It is a much better design that the ubiquitous "kabar".

    I'm convinced the Kabar (brand) Short Heavy Bowie is by far the best value in a carbon steel Bowie right now but that is beside the point.

    I'm guessing that this knife is either neutrally balanced or very slightly blade heavy - which in addition to the proper fuller is another benefit over the original "kabar" design. A 7" blade knife, especially a Bowie, should be slightly blade heavy IMO (versus a slightly handle heavy dagger in that size range which I also prefer)...
  5. Persev


    Dec 7, 2005
    I'm prety sure this was reviewed a while back in either Tactical Knives ( most likely ) or Blade, review was favorable as I remember. Perhaps if you have access to past copies...
  6. ghost squire

    ghost squire

    Feb 1, 2004
    Let me ask you, when was the last time you remember un unfavourable review in either of those magazines?
  7. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    Strange thing about this Sheffield made knife is that, till date - there hasn't been any positive affirmation that the Israeli Commando Knife is an actual IDF knife. Haven't read it anywhere or seen it pictured in "action". Would be believable marketing if there was some actual proof of this elsewhere, apart from the advertised text. Any takers on this?
  8. gutsy


    Sep 27, 2005
    a buddy of mine is idf and i asked him about it and he said that he has seen one and handled one and that he didnt like it . i told him he was stupid and that he wouldnt know a good knife if it bit him in the butt:D
  9. ghost squire

    ghost squire

    Feb 1, 2004
    Haha, I bet he occupied your strip after that!
  10. shaldag


    Jun 17, 2004
    I know nothing about this knife.

    I can tell you that it is not "standard issue" for any Israel Defense Forces soldiers, officers, or units, commando or otherwise.
  11. DGG


    May 3, 2005
  12. James Green Dragon

    James Green Dragon

    Oct 24, 2004
    ...So it was just a marketing ploy & isn't even an issue blade? - Well smack my arse & call me Betsy; isn't that just special.

    It's probably still a decent knife but if I want something like it I'll either spring for a Marbles Ideal or one of the Sheffield Bowies.

    Thanks fellas!
  13. shaldag


    Jun 17, 2004
    by the way, the bayonets in post #11 of this thread are also not standard issue in the IDF.

    I suppose it'll be a real surprise that most Uzis don't come with bayonets.:rolleyes: Very few combat troops are issued Uzis in
    this day and age anyway..........:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    Unless we are not talking about the IDF, but rather the MNAF*.
    Those Uzis probably do come with bayonets.:D

    *Mall Ninja Attack Force
  14. Andy_L


    Dec 1, 2004
    I happen to be a dealer for other things that company make. I haven't had any experience with this knife. I suspect it had something to do with the IDF at some point and they just still make them to that spec. The sheath will be rough and ready but useable and I would expect the knife to be OK for the kind of money they go for in the UK. I'll try and find out more
  15. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    DGG: Heard of the Galil?
    What does this supposed IDF bayonet look like to you?
  16. Culpeper

    Culpeper Banned BANNED

    Jul 1, 2007
    I wrote the manufacturer and asked if this this was ever issued to the IDF and their response was, "The only person that could answer that question died two years ago."
  17. neeman

    neeman Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    In the IDF, bayonets are only issued for specific ceremonial purposes and are returned to the armory immediately.
    The bayonets are the old M6 (or M7).
    Knives are not carried on the battle webbing.
    And there are no knives that are standard issue.

    The kids buy alot of Leathermen.

    Special units do their own purchasing, so you would not know what they buy.
    If they buy knives.
    They train with guns not knives.

    When I served, I got hassled for carrying a fixed blade.
    "Do I really need to carry a knife?"
  18. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    SLAP. Yeah, but Betsy, if you like it better than the KaBar, buy it. Not the first time that a company [cough CS cough] has made a decent product but had misleading advertising.

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