Military Knives

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Military knives, also referred to as combat or tactical knives, are the knives of choice for the professional. The military, as well as fire fighters and law enforcement officials, rely on military knives in emergency and combat situations. Military knives come in a variety of sizes and have different features depending upon the uses for which they were designed.

Tactical Military Knives

This military knife is generally a fixed-blade knife made of high carbon steel and hardened to resist breakage. The handle is often made of leather for a better grip, and, unless it is for survival use, it is non-serrated. Bayonet knives fall into this category. They have long, slender blades and can be good general purpose camping and hiking knives. Perhaps the most well-known military knives are made by Ka-Bar, a cutlery company in western New York that has been commissioned by the U.S. military since World War II. They make a wide variety of tactical and survival knives used by every branch of the military, including the Navy Seals and Drug Task Forces.

The Survival and Outdoor Knife

Military personnel in the field face situations requiring a knife that can serve many purposes. A soldier who spends time in the outdoors must have a serrated blade for sawing through vines and rope. The butt of these knives must be hardened for pounding and hammering. Their size makes it easy to convert them to spears when they are lashed to a pole. Soldiers also need multi-tools that have scissors, saws, bottle openers and more in order to be prepared for any situation that arises.

Some survival knives come with compartments in the handle for holding matches, compass, needle and thread. These knives are handy for all outdoor enthusiasts, but for the professional, they are more than just handy. Military knives can save the life of combat personnel in the field, and for this reason they are necessities for those in the armed forces.

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