The United States Marine Corps. The Special Air Service. The Navy SEALs.
They’re the elite, deployed to situations that demand the best soldiers in the world. And they need to know that their equipment can handle anything they run into. When the best of the best suit up, these are the knives they choose to bring along.
Special Air Service (UK)
It’s pure, it’s simple, and it’s been used for decades. The Fairbairn-Sykes may not be flashy, but it’s legendary. First put to use in World War II, it was issued to members of Britain’sSpecial Air Service, one of the most accomplished and recognized special forces units in the world. The Fairbairn-Sykes proved to be such an effective fighting knife that the United States tried to manufacture its own version for the OSS, the precursor to the CIA.
A British classic that was so impressive even the Americans wanted it? Yeah, it’s basically The Beatles of knives.
Civilian equivalent: $81.67
Marine Corps (USA)
A classic American weapon, the Ka-Bar sums up what special forces usually look for in their blades. The Ka-Bar originally came to be when Marines in WWII found that the knives they were issued didn’t meet their needs. Even when they were good for combat use, they didn’t do their job as tools. In reality, special forces use blades for many purposes, not just fighting. The Ka-Bar was designed to preserve the lethal elements of previous weapons while also working as wire cutters, crate openers, and just about everything else a Marine needed a knife for. Just like a special forces soldier, it does a lot of jobs, and it does them well.
Civilian equivalent: $59.95
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