Army's Best Invention

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  1. bigsnake

    bigsnake Senior Member Forum Founder MOTM Winner! Military Public Safety

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    The P-38 deserves to be at the top of a very short list of great military inventions, along with the poncho liner ("woobie", as I've heard it referred to) and my personal favorite, the TL-29:

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    AKA electrician's knife, or lineman's knife. I have several of these, one of them that dates back to WWII, one that I was issued when I reported to my first ship, and one that my son just gave me- an updated version with composite handles vs. the bakelite handles that my other two have. All are made by Camillus, and I wouldn't trade any one of them for a shiny new Hellcat (ok, maybe the newest one, but only because my son is still active duty and could get me another at any time).

    Another good one is the Imperial folding knife (I'm sure it has another name, but that's what I've always heard it called).

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    These have the date of manufacture stamped on the main blade at the shank- I have one from 1966, the one I bought at SERVMART (service mart, where sailors go to obtain small supplies) from 1985, and one from 1998. I like these knives, but not as much as the TL-29.

    Finally, a knife that I've had for 30+ years, but never used it for it's intended purpose- not once- is a marlinspike knife.

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    The marlinspike (or fid, depending on whether or not you were a Boatswain's Mate in the Navy) is designed to loosen up tight knots and bends in lines and ropes. Being a submarine nuke, line handling was not something I often was called upon to perform, but I had the knife ready just in case. I've had mine since the 80's, and still love it.

    Yep, I love my old military knives.
     
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    wvhemis Well-Known Member Site Supporter Level 5 MOTM Winner! Military

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    P-38 still have mine to this day....
     
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    bigsnake Senior Member Forum Founder MOTM Winner! Military Public Safety

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    I have a couple of U.S. P38's in a drawer somewhere but my personal favorite is my Australian P38 which has a spoon.

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    challengerfan56 Well-Known Member MOTM Winner! Military

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    Good article. I have to agree with the P-38 and Poncho Liner, my next choice was 550 cord.
     

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