What is a combat knife?

I know there's a lot of different types of knives, but what makes a combat knife a combat knife? How is different than, say, a bowie knife?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A combat knife (also commonly called a fighting knife or tactical knife) is a knife designed for military use, specifically for close combat. Although since the end of trench warfare, most military knives have been primarily designed for utility/tool use (clearing foliage, chopping branches for cover, opening ammunition crates, etc).[1]

    Modern combat knives come in many shapes and sizes with most military forces today standardizing the types of combat knives issued to soldiers. In the United States Marine Corps, the standard issue combat knife since World War II has been the KA-BAR knife.[1] The Chilean Commando forces are trained in the use of the Corvo knife, a traditional Chilean military weapon. One well-known combat knife is the British Fairbairn-Sykes, which is better classified as a dagger with its double-edged design. This dagger is one of the few modern combat knives designed for fighting instead of for mere field use.[1] The Gurkha regiments favor the Kukri, a broad-bladed curved weapon that more closely resembles a machete or Filipino Bolo than a knife.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The answer by J gives you all the information. "Combat Knife" like the steel Pot "helmet" while designed for the military for fighting or protection are in reality used to chop or pry and cut non-people as was the steel pot used for shaving,bathing and a lot of other uses than protection. It's a knife with a black finish and other than that not much different from the fighting knife made popular by Jim Bowie. The combat knife can be issued in a serrated or a non serrated blade whatever they have at the time.

    Source(s): Been There
  • 1 decade ago

    Not much difference. A bowie knife is the combat knife of the 1800's. Most modern combat knives have a shorter blade and many have a hollowed out handle that holds survival items (matches, fishing line, compass).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    actually, a bowie knife would be considered a form of combat knife, many past combat knives and even a few current ones are copied from the bowie design, including the infamous Ka-Bar fighting knife.

    a combat knife is a knife that has combat capability and has a really good design for it, usually a semi-sharpened clip, spear point or tanto point blade with a thick spine, heavy weight and a good steel.

    some examples are of course, the Ka-Bar fighting knife, the Cold Steel Recon Scout or Tanto and TrailMaster, I can't find a spear point right now for some reason, but they are used.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Also it is referred to as a Bayonet.* Old School here.*

    Source(s): * Run like a Deer.*...................Fly like an Eagle.*~~
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    what my mom carried around in her purse when i was a kid

    we lived in a bad neighborhood

    Source(s): there's no such thing as overkill. (especially in that neighborhood)
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I so know what type of situation you're describing. I'm sorry that i can't be of more help. Good luck working this issue out.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    a combat knife has a serrogated top edge....^^^^^^...its purpose is so when you stab a person, you can use a sawing motion upwards and do more damage to the person.....

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