Veterans Day

Tech. Sgt. Michael Swick and Airman 1st Class Hunter Mitchell show children of the Salvation Army Dewald Community Center a demonstration of a proper flag folding as members of the 179th Airlift Wing and the Base Honor Guard perform at their Veterans Day event, Mansfield, Ohio, Nov. 11, 2014. The Base Honor Guard spend the day traveling from one Veterans Day event to the next. The Base Honor Guard is performing at Monroeville High School, Mansfield Veterans Day Parade, Mifflin Elementary and the Salvation Army Dewald Community Center in Mansfield, Ohio, Nov. 11, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Joe HarwoodReleased)

Wednesday the 11th marks a very important day for all of us.  Veterans Day.  A day to honor those fallen and those who still serve in the armed forces.  We owe a deep debt of gratitude to each and every single one of our service men and women.  So on behalf of, we wanted to say thank you.  Thank you for giving up so much for your country.  Our freedom is a never ending battle, and if it weren’t for people like you that battle would be lost.   So thank you for everything you do for us!

In honor of Veterans Day, we wanted to hear what all of our soldiers are carrying.  In a combat situation, a reliable knife can mean the difference between life and death.   We have heard from a few of you, and here are some of the knives you all count on with your lives.

When it comes to fixed blades, a large number of our soldiers look to SOG.  From the Seal Strike to the Seal Bowie, the Seal Team and the Seal Pup, these knives were made for combat.  SOG really knows how to make a reliable fixed blade.  SOG makes a blade capable of holding up in any environment.  You never know where the next threat to freedom will come from.  And, like any good soldier, your knife needs to be ready for anything.  Whether desert, tundra, or swamp, these knives can handle it.  You don’t need to worry about corrosion or rust.  These knives even handle well being thrown around inside an armored vehicle.  A SOG fixed blade is the perfect accessory for any soldier.

Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War.

Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War.

As far as manuals go, the CRKT Otanashi No Ken is a very popular knife.  When I say these knives were designed for combat, it’s an understatement. These were designed with the soldier in mind.  The name translates to “Silent Sword” in English.  Designed for deep pocket carry, these knives were designed to stay out of site until you need it most.  The Otanashi No Ken has an Osoraku Style blade, made famous by the 16th century Samurai Warlord Takeda Shingen.  Everything about this knife screams military service.   CRKT took immense strides to make this a perfect tactical carry for any soldier.

These are just a few of the several fantastic knives we found.  So, as a soldier, what do you carry?  Is there something you would never think of entering the field without?  What would you count on in a life or death situation?  We want to hear from all of you.  Feel free to share a picture of your knife.

And, on behalf of all of us, thank you.  Thank you for dedicating your lives to fighting the good fight.  What you do is so important.  We appreciate what you do 365 days a year, but on this day we want to take the opportunity to reiterate, thank you so much.


  1. Well while on leave and when I get to be a civilian I carry my custom folders a lot. While on duty as a Marine I carry the same work knives as I carried before I joined. Spyderco are my go to knives due to cost and durability, plus I just like them. Benchmades come in right after the Spydies. Folders usually. One of the best duty tools is a quality multitool which for me means Leatherman as they are my preferred multitool brand and hold up to the test of time.

  2. I’m an active duty Marine and I prefer Bill Coye’s Ridgeback. It is easy to conceal on my cammies and it is a reliable fixed-blade. One day, when I have the money I will upgrade to his Forerunner.

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