Historically, fighting men throughout the ages have relied upon fixed blades (swords, bayonets, daggers, and dirks) as primary and secondary weapons of war. While folding knives have existed for centuries, they were seldom seen as suitable for the battlefield. They were relegated to agricultural and plebeian uses.
More recently, military leaders and troops alike have wrongly believed that a folder is all a soldier really needs. Folder proponents point to steady improvements in the reliability of firearms and ammunition, as well as major advancements in folding knife materials, construction methods, and locking mechanisms. And for those who will actually occupy the battlefield, this perspective can have dangerous consequences.
So what does a soldier’s knife need to do? Answer: The same tasks knives have been performing since the beginning of time: cutting, stabbing, hacking, and occasionally prying and digging. Many folders can meet several of these needs. A few manage to struggle through most of them. But no folder will perform all of these requirements well. A fixed blade, on the other hand, can accomplish all of them with the reliability and consistency that the vagaries of combat demand.
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