We all have them…for whatever reason.
I happen to really, REALLY like the Gerber Guardian II, in Woodland Camouflage, because it was the last knife I owned as I left my more ‘physically animated’ Air Force career field for the more staid, banker’s hour, weekends and holidays off tour as an instructor at one of the two USAF in Europe NCO Academies in the 80’s. What made that Gerber so special? Simply this: My last Flight (AF speak for ‘platoon’) presented it to me as a gift when I left for instructor duty. Never took it to the field, no, not once, and I eventually gave it to a family member (BIG mistake-but we all learn, right?) and never saw it again. Well, I found one extremely reasonably priced (for a Guardian II, anyway), and picked it up as a replacement. This one will go out in the field.
It was then, and is now, a very cool knife. Sturdy, too. You can still find them on eBay if you look and are willing to pay the exorbitant prices these things get nowadays. I find them to be a bit more robust than the old Sykes-Fairbairn or V-42 of WWII fame. YMMV. Takes and holds an edge really well, everything is painted, so corrosion isn’t an issue, except on the dual edge, but that’s dealt with easily with preservative and a portable fine whet stone.
Here’s a nice close up of its construction. Were you to train to use it, you would be hard pressed to find a better knife for it’s intended purpose. And, no, for the uninitiated, it’s not a ‘survival’ knife. Appropos of nothing whatsoever, I have it on good authority from a former SF NCO, that a sharpened M-14 bayonet beats all comers. Have to check that out.
What are your favorites?