Current US Military Pocketknife?

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Current US Military Pocketknife?

Post by knifeaholic » Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:56 pm

I was just wondering, since Camillus is long gone, does the US Military currently have a pocket knife to replace the metal handled utility knife that Camillus made?
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Re: Current US Military Pocketknife?

Post by Iron Hoarder » Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:04 pm

The only pocket knife we had that was issued to the squad was a TL-29 made by Camillus. It was called a demo knife since we were combat engineers. There was no issued pocket knife. This was 1995-1998.
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Re: Current US Military Pocketknife?

Post by jlholdings » Sat Apr 07, 2012 3:13 am

I have been wondering about this topic also. I collect Mil-K knives from WW2 forward. I have not heard anything about a replacement yet. Also Knifeaholic, I sent you an email about some of your knives.

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Re: Current US Military Pocketknife?

Post by Old Hunter » Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:54 am

I had a standard Camillus all steel pocketknife that was issued new to me in the early 1980's, my 1SG came into the office and handed it to me one morning - I remember it was quite dull and I gave it to one of my Soldiers and continued to carry a Swiss Army Knife (VICTORINOX). At some point in time, which I don’t remember, that style knife disappeared from supply rooms. During OIF in 2003 my ARNG unit was deployed from Fort Bragg NC, much gear was issued at the deployment station but no knives were issued except those that were in tool sets - commo, mechanics, etc., bayonets were not even issued. In the theater Bench-Made knives/SOG Tools were issued on an as needed basis (one of the Bench-Made pictured below), I’ll take a picture of the SOG tool later and add it. As for regular fixed blade and pocket knives those were an individual responsibility – I carried a KABAR medium stockman as my most useful knife/tool and a M-4 Bayonet in an M8A1 scabbard my Dad had given me during the Desert Storm era (he brought it back from Japan in 1956). My Soldiers had every kind of knife you can imagine, with tactical folders being the most prevalent. We had a big problem with US Army Customs in bringing back knives – they wanted receipts for foreign made, even if bought from the PX (AAFES) - all of their Iraqi souvenir knives (predominantly bayonets from AK-47's) went in the amnesty barrel - confiscated. The war trophy policy was seriously messed up, but I couldn't do much about it on their behalf. One last “war story” concerning knives and OIF – we flew on USAF chartered commercial airliner, entire unit on one jetliner. At Pope AFB, just before loading with each Soldier carrying his/her weapon and basic load, we had to collect all the knives and Leatherman type tools and tape them shut in a cardboard box that was entrusted to the Command Sergeant Major until deplaning in theater - FAA regs you know!!
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Re: Current US Military Pocketknife?

Post by Old Hunter » Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:29 am

SOG tool and case, issue item from 2005. There were also Leatherman brand and Gerber brand issue items (tools) in 2003, but I don't have one and I don't have a picture - these tools seem to have taken the place of a general purpose pocket knife. I have a buddy who is the TNG NCO of a local ARNG unit, I will ask him what they are currently issuing.
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Re: Current US Military Pocketknife?

Post by Old Hunter » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:00 pm

I ran across this posted on militaryphotos.net:

Due to the high volume of calls and e-mails that have been received at Benchmade Knife Company from the members of our Armed Forces, we have tried to consolidate the information needed to purchase a Benchmade knife into this one area.
For those of you currently active in the military and interested in purchasing yourself a Benchmade knife, here are several options available to you.

1. If you are still currently state side and wish to purchase a knife locally, please go to our dealer locator and enter your zip code. You should get a number of authorized Benchmade dealers listed near you.

2. Regardless if you are still state side or not, you can purchase certain Benchmade knives through the National Stocking System.
The following knives have National Stock Numbers:
Model 9100SBT- NSN 1095-01-456-4457, NOW NAME: Knife,Combat, (Automatic).
Model 9053SBT ( Or Model 9050SBT , Civilian issue) - NSN 1095-01-446-4348, NOW NAME: Knife,Combat, (Automatic).
Model 140SBT- NSN 1095-01-466-8569, NOW NAME: Knife,Combat, (Fixed).

3. For a list of Benchmade Knives offered by the General Services Administration Federal Supply Service, please use GSA GS-07F-0311J.

4. If the above options are not workable for whatever reason, CLICK HERE, and it will put you in contact with Benchmade directly via e-mail. You can then purchase directly from the Benchmade factory. Please be ready to e-mail or fax your ID to Benchmade and we will do our best to provide you with the tools you need.
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Re: Current US Military Pocketknife?

Post by ConservativeKnives » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:56 pm

I have a brother currently serving in the USMC. He has told me that they aren't issued a pocket knife. They are issued a Kabar USMC Fighter Fixed blade if they are going on patrol or across the wire. This may differ from Army,USAF,etc
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Re: Current US Military Pocketknife?

Post by CamMan21 » Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:32 pm

knifeaholic wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:56 pm
I was just wondering, since Camillus is long gone, does the US Military currently have a pocket knife to replace the metal handled utility knife that Camillus made?
This is an old thread...but I thought I'd chime in anyway.

In the case of the GMTK the new "knife" is a Gerber Multi-tool. I retired 6 years ago, but there are so many knives in the "system" nowadays, that I don't believe there is a single across-the-board replacement in use for every application.
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:56 pm
I have a brother currently serving in the USMC. He has told me that they aren't issued a pocket knife. They are issued a Kabar USMC Fighter Fixed blade if they are going on patrol or across the wire. This may differ from Army,USAF,etc
This is correct...there isn't (or in my case - wasn't) a standard knife issued to everyone. "Issue" can mean a lot of things...and practices can vary far and wide from unit to unit. In some you can't get a gov't inkpen or make copies without bringing your own paper and in others things practically rain from the heavens.

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Re: Current US Military Pocketknife?

Post by edge213 » Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:48 pm

My son was a machine gunner on an MRAP in Iraq (U.S. Air Force, Security Forces).
He was issued a Gerber 06 auto with tanto blade.
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Re: Current US Military Pocketknife?

Post by CamMan21 » Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:19 pm

I never saw a Gerber auto during my service (96-15). I cant say I am very surprised though as Gerber has a bunch of items in the GSA catalog. I was, at various times, issued a number of Gerber Multi-tools (needle nose, bull nose, engineer version), a Gator, and I'm pretty sure a few others. My wife was issued an Applegate-Fairbairn folder in 2009.

The only autos I was ever issued were Benchmades. I was pretty shocked, too...first seeing them around '05.

Of course, all of the above are GSA items...not a "standard" issue but a unit level purchase through GSA and almost always while forward deployed.

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Re: Current US Military Pocketknife?

Post by Nephilim » Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:05 am

Another knife with a NSN, but not general issue, the US version of the Victorinox 2008 soldier knife. At least it looks the part.
Just like the Swiss version, plus a U.S. mark on the handle and blacked out tools.
Just like the Swiss version, plus a U.S. mark on the handle and blacked out tools.
I own the regular commercial version, I find it to be a quite useful knife.

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Re: Current US Military Pocketknife?

Post by Azretired » Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:01 pm

I served in the Army from ‘72 to ‘78 and the only issued knife of any kind was issued to Signal Corp types and that was the TL29. Bayonets were kept in a footlocker in the Arms room.

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Re: Current US Military Pocketknife?

Post by cody6268 » Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:12 pm

Nephilim wrote:
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:05 am
Another knife with a NSN, but not general issue, the US version of the Victorinox 2008 soldier knife. At least it looks the part.

us2008soldier.jpg

I own the regular commercial version, I find it to be a quite useful knife.
Those have really been tempting me. Ever since Victorinox added them to the catalog, that eliminated the $150 secondary market models (and the guy who was having them made and selling them), but I still am struggling to see the $30 upcharge for the black oxide coating, as cool as it looks, that's an extra SAK to me. Especially when the Gerber MP600 is hardly much of an upcharge to get black oxide over the bead-blasted finish.

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Re: Current US Military Pocketknife?

Post by CamMan21 » Sun Mar 21, 2021 6:23 pm

The funny thing about these old issue knives....I gave away the Benchmades and kept the Camillus.

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