Some types of knives may be quite popular with a certain group of civilians but they are primarily designed for use by military personnel. That would include the combat knife, which is basically a type of fighting knife that is used for close quarters combat fighting. These types of knives are created specifically for that purpose, but they may also serve additional purposes as well under certain circumstances.
At its core, a combat knife is a fighting knife that is meant for close quarters combat. Its other uses outside of combat include things like clearing foliage, chopping up branches and debris, opening boxes or crates and similar tasks. However, all of these functions are secondary to its main role as a fighting implement.
Combat Knife Styles
As is the case with many types of knives, the combat knife may come in a wide variety of styles and with different options. Some are designed specifically for one branch of the service while others may be more of a crossover that could be used by any soldier. In most cases, they will have a fixed blade and may come with a carrying sheath. They also don't typically come in bright colors but are black or another color that keeps shine to a minimum. In addition, they tend to be easy to handle but are not slick, so that your hand can hold onto the grip.
Some combat knives are extremely small and meant for stealth. This includes survival and self defense knives such as the mini claw. Because this is a self defense weapon, it is technically also a combat knife.
There are also folding knives that are also combat knives. These are excellent for convenience and portability. The folding action lets them be compact tools you can carry with you, in contrast to a combat knife that does not fold up and must be carried in a sheath. The sheath often is hung from a belt and therefore a larger tool to carry around all day.
Combat Knife Materials
Many combat knives are made from very high quality materials because they are used by the military. Military forces worldwide need to know they have a strong and reliable knife, so they make them from high quality steel and titanium. G-10, titanium and stainless steel are all reliable handle materials, though sometimes other materials like plastic is used. This isn’t a great material for the handle of a combat knife because it does not absorb water. This can make the handle slippery if your hand sweats at all.
Ultimately, the materials you should look for in a combat knife are high-quality steel and a good grip on the handle. The handle comes down partly to feel and preference, but in general materials that won’t get slippery or are too smooth are preferable over cheap, slippery grips on handles.
When it comes to the blade, combat knives should have both a cutting edge and a point. That’s because combat knives should be able to both cut and stab for maximum efficiency. Generally, a thicker point is better on a combat knife, as a very, very pointed edge may prove too delicate when put to the test.
How are Combat Knives Used in the World?
Primarily, combat knives are used for fighting in close quarters. They may be issued to members of the military or, in some cases, the military personnel may choose a combat knife that is comfortable for them.
Civilians may also use combat knives but they don't typically use them for fighting purposes. They are often used for protection and self defense or, in some cases, they could be part of a survival kit. Some of the most popular types of fighting knife options include the tactical skeleton survival knife, the tactical fixed blade combat knife and the outdoor survival and self-defense mini claw. Civilians who spend a lot of time hunting or in the outdoors often like to have a combat knife so they can deal with unexpected and dangerous situations. Combat knives can also help cut branches and debris that you encounter outdoors. This makes combat knives handy all-around tools for things like camping and hiking.
History of Combat Knives
Combat knives have been used by military personnel for thousands of years. Iron combat daggers were some of the first to be used and were especially popular with armies located in the Middle East. More modern styles of combat knives were developed in the 14th century for Scandinavian, English, Scottish and French soldiers. Combat knives were also at times referred to as daggers and were intended to find weaknesses in armor design and protection that larger blades were too clumsy to exploit.
World War I and World War II saw further development of the combat knife, and at that time, they were known as a trench knife. Today, they are used around the world for military purposes and civilians may also have them for their own use as well.
However, the prominence of guns has made combat knives a less popular tool for strictly combat use. They remain popular for other uses such as hunting and camping, however, because of their all-around utility. Some military personnel even purchase their own combat knives in order to have a secondary weapon of their choosing with them in the field and to have a utility tool. In the context of the military, combat knives have sometimes been issued to personnel not involved in fighting so they had a tool for cutting and utility.
Combat Knives in Popular Culture
Use of this type of knife in modern, popular culture is quite diverse. One of the best-known instances of this type of use is in Crocodile Dundee. He carried the knife with him at all times and used it for defense and for a wide variety of other purposes. Other movies that prominently displayed these types of knives include Desperado, the Hunted, Saving Private Ryan and Gangs of New York.
Carrying around a combat knife is not going to be suitable for everyone but for the knife enthusiast and for those who are into survival, it may be the perfect choice. It might not be your day to day, go-to knife but it is one that certainly belongs in your pack.