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Why a multitool is the best knife for the warfighter

Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by Steve6387, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. Steve6387


    Jul 1, 2013
    Hope this isn't against the forum rules but I saw this video of a soldier in combat needing a multitool to clear a jammed weapon and thought it relevant
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2018
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  2. Rupestris

    Rupestris Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2006
    Looks like the multitool failed and he went to the cleaning rod to knock the spent shell out of the chamber.

    That said, I was at a local range a few years ago and another shooter got his ramrod jammed in his muzzle loader while trying to run a patch through it. He couldn't get a good grip on it and was asking if anyone had pliers. All I had was my Leatherman Squirt P4 so I let him use them. Got the job done.

    Wasn't exactly a war but the rod was putting up a bit of a fight :p.
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  3. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
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  4. jackknife


    Oct 2, 2004
    Okay, I watched the vid, and I want to know what U.S. troop is using an AK instead of the issue M4? As far as I know, no U.S. troops are issued AK's.

    Weird. Staged maybe?
  5. Steve6387


    Jul 1, 2013
    I don't believe the video claimed it was a U.S. soldier.
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  6. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    That clip looked to be one of the irregulars in the Syrian conflict.
  7. znapschatz


    Jan 24, 2005
    Asked and answered. I think he would have done better with a Leatherman ;) .
  8. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    The above being said, certain US forces most certainly find it prudent to use the small arms of the OPFOR in some situations, as the clatter of the AK/AKMs is vastly different than the firing sounds of the M4.
  9. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    A cheap Gerber suspension was used to try and clear his AK-M pattern rifle, any multitool is better than none I guess.

    Btw a multitool is not the best knife, a multitool is a pair of pliers that happens to have a knife in case you need it.
    The best knife is an actual knife, something like a Vic is a better knife than a multitool because it's always a knife first.
  10. Steve6387


    Jul 1, 2013
    I know. That was a not so subtle jab at the plethora of posts asking about the best knife to take into combat when the fact of the matter is that a knife is not all that useful in combat compared to a good multi-tool.
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  11. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    But they are useful, there's no reason not to have both as you should.
  12. znapschatz


    Jan 24, 2005
    Does a bayonet count? Long ago when I entered Army basic training, many of the cadres still were WW2 and Korean War vets spending the last years of their enlistments before retirement whipping us new guys into shape. My platoon NCO had been in both conflicts and seen combat as an infantryman. I asked him if he had ever used a bayonet during his time, and he replied once in Korea. Advancing up a hill, he came upon two North Koreans cowering against the wall of a ditch, face in the dirt, hands clasped behind their heads. He stabbed each in the backs of their necks with his bayonet. Had to be done, he said. On the attack, you can't leave anybody behind you alive. Rough business.
  13. Mjr69


    Mar 15, 2015
    I just recently came home from Syria after spending 8 months there as one of those irregulars.
    I arrived in country with a pm2 which I lost about a month in and a charge tti.
    That Leatherman was worth its weight on a daily basis.
    I didn’t miss the pm2 much at all. On a few occasions I would have liked a fixed blade but the versatility of the Leatherman was indispensable.
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  14. Rupestris

    Rupestris Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2006

    Welcome home and thank you for your service.
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  15. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Good man.
  16. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    I use a leatherman wave as my go to soldering multi-tool but I just was given a Gerber centerdrive for winning the PAARNG BWC and I plan on using for a while instead. Seems pretty sturdy and I like the attachments and sheath. It is a little heavy and bulky compared to the wave which I don’t like. I think either are good warfighter options.
  17. jackknife


    Oct 2, 2004
    I went through my army service with a Camillus M-L-K knife and later on a SAK. They served well and the tools were used a lot. If I were doing it again, I'd have a small basic Leatherman on me. The small pliers and screw driver are needed very often and the knife blade is adequate for anything you need on active duty. Even in Combat Engineers we didn't have need for more than a pocket knife size blade. If we did, there were two 18 inch machete's in the squad tool box.
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  18. medusaoblongata


    May 1, 2000
    Here's the original video with sound:
  19. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    I always thought the AK sort of sounded like someone banging a hockey stick around inside a metal garbage can.

    The m16/m4 has a much rifely “pukeeew!” sound.
  20. rwc53


    Dec 21, 2009
    When I was deployed, I always had a multi-tool with me, after they came into common use.

    Mjr69: welcome home!

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