Originally Posted by -MikeL-
an I don't think I'll ever need to fix bayonets or whatever overseas.
I sure as hell hope not....
for me... I used to carry on my web... the following
14 inch bladed short sword ( cause it pissed off the company commander, and actually worked very well as a clearing tool..machette )
A multi tool, and a Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife.
I still prefer the Fairbairn-Sykes and have a few of them, including a vintage one although the providence is uncertain.
Although the updated Applegate style fighting knife is quite nice.. I picked up a folder version.. and typically carry it when I am in the field now.. it's just as handy and more compact.
Though for sure... if I was still humping... I'd be carrying a 1902 vintage Artillerymans Falchion I picked up at a flea market in unissued original packing grease... what a nice little ( 20 inches long) limb loper...
But then... I'm a little enamoured of things edged... I've been teaching Western Swordsmanship for over a decade.. and practicing it over 20 years