Unlike the Marines and their legendary K-Bar knife, the Army doesn’t have an “official” knife.
Oh, sure, there’s the M9 bayonet. Inspired by the multipurpose bayonet issued by the Soviets with their AKM and AK-74 rifles, the M9 entered service in the late 1980s. In addition to serving as a bayonet, it also serves as an emergency wire cutter, and all around survival tool. The Marines also use the M9, and truth be told, more Marines probably carry the M9 than the K-Bar.
Still, the Army doesn’t have a counterpart to the K-Bar. Some guys carried the survival knife. Issued to aviators of all services, it was also pretty popular as a purchase item with troops. Indeed, I’ve still got one in my tool kit.
I’d hazard a guess that the “unofficial” knife of the Army is probably either the Leatherman multi-tool, or maybe a Gerber multi-plier.
I ALWAYS carried one or the other with me to the field. I also usually had a BuckLite folding knife. Lightweight, handy for almost every task, and sharp as heck, I wasn’t looking to bring a knife to a gun fight. I was looking for a tool for the myriad tasks I faced every day. I probably used my knife every single day I was in the field.
What is your favorite knife?