Top 10 Knives Used By Army Soldiers

I have always had a love for knives. I remember when Grandpa handed me my first Old Timer to help me cut hay bales. I treasured that knife and cried when it was stolen years later.

While not a mandatory item anymore, Army soldiers still carry knives. Some of those knives can be carried in sheaths on the outside of uniforms while some must be carried in the pocket.

I did some heavy research to find the top knives used by Army soldiers throughout time.

Some of this list will have knives that are deemed quite collectible. So if any are available online, I will provide a link to where you can get one.

Starting at #10 and working up to #1, these are the top knives used by Army soldiers.

#10: Officially Licensed U.S Army AA1005 Liberator Spring Assisted Folding Knife

Made for the Army, this knife is 9 inches long and is green camo coated. It also comes with a belt cutter and window breaker and is easy to open with thumb and finger.

It is an inexpensive knife that can be quite useful in the field.

#9: Cold Steel Recon Tanto

These are great knives… 7 inches long with a high carbon blade that is the black DLC coating. Many soldiers and police officers prefer this lightweight but tough knife made by Recon.

#8: Glock Field Knife

These field knives manufactured by Glock have been used by various special forces because of their high quality, great balance and how they hold their sharpness. The Glock Field Knife can easily be used as a bayonet and is great for throwing.

#7: Leatherman Skeletool

Not just a knife, this stainless steel device manufactured by Leatherman is a great addition to the soldier’s field gear. It has pliers, screwdrivers, various blades and other tools to make survival easy.

I believe every person should have one of these great inventions.

#6: Gerber Mark II

These fixed, 6 ½ inch blades were a favorite of military personnel for many years. They were a double edged blade and designed by retired US Army Captain Bud Holzman.

PX’s stopped selling the knives for awhile claiming they were too brutal. Gerber added a serrated edge which allowed the Post Exchanges to resume selling them.

It seems many people love finding the originals for their collections.

#5: Spyderco Military

These beautiful knives were designed by Spyderco especially for military personnel. They hold their edge well and the 4 inch blade can easily be opened with 1 hand.

If you want to give a great gift to an Army soldier, I would highly recommend a Spyderco Military knife.

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#4: M9 Bayonet

Still issued to certain soldiers, this has a 7 inch blade and the sheath also works as a wire cutter.

The manufacturer now is Ontario but other companies have also made the M9 Bayonet for the military:

  • Phrobis,
  • Buck (subcontracted by Phrobis III during the original Army contract),
  • LanCay,
  • and Tri-Technologies

#3: V-42

The main knife of the Devil’s Brigade… The first U.S./Canadian Special Forces… It was a stiletto that was over 7 inches long and loved by all who carried one.

I would love to have one for my collection.

#2: KA-BAR 1282 D2 Extreme

I hear many say this is one of the best handled knives made. Between an excellent grip and one of the toughest blades made, many soldiers swear by the KA-BAR D2 Extreme.

It is made in the U.S.A. with the finest of steel.

#1: Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife

Used by British Commandos in World War II, this iconic knife is still a favorite of many soldiers. It is a dagger style knife that is ruthless.

A solid gold Fairbairn – Sykes fighting knife is part of the commandos’ memorial at Westminster Abbey.

I would also love to have one of the originals for my collection.

Final Thoughts

What is your favorite?

What do you or did you carry as a knife?

Please give all questions and comments below.

Thank you.

chuck holmes

Chuck Holmes
Former Army Major (resigned)

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