Hold the Press!!! I missed one – SHTF Contest Entry #16

Here is the last entry in the MSO SHTF “Go To” Knife contest. The best one selected will win a Gerber Machete Pro.


Winner to be announced tomorrow…..

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From D.

 Despite the fact that my nature is not a knife collector, over the years, quite a number of them have come into my hands. I firmly do not believe in one knife for all tasks and apparently neither do the hundreds of knife makers who have given us thousands of knife designs to satisfy our every need and whim.

        Displayed with my attack cat Madeleine is my latest, a Gil Hibben III Fighter. My one and only Bowie style knife. Were I to need to take down a large bear, by hand, or chop you out of a wrecked aircraft, this is probably what I would grab. It is a large well made knife for big jobs.


        Others salted throughout my gear include:

                My classic Gerber Mark II, a traditional combat knife suited almost exclusively to that role, but a decent survival knife in a pinch. This resides on one of my two plate carrier set-ups.

                From my Vietnam days, my original Ka-Bar. Beat up by long use but still indestructible, a great utility knife.

                A gift from a friend in the 80s SEAL teams, a Navy clip pointed dive knife with its shelf sharpening scabbard.


                Also a gift, a Philippines made butterfly knife, from a government official, sent in thanks for some 1911 .45 auto pistol books.

                EDC knives consisting of: a German gravity knife, a few spring assisted flick it type knives, Swiss army knives in various configurations, as well as Gerber and Leatherman multi-tools. Am old Italian switchblade                                 stiletto that served all through Vietnam with me as my field utility knife.

                A whole gaggle of assorted machetes. I seem to buy another whenever I see one.  Cheap and always useful.


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7 thoughts on “Hold the Press!!! I missed one – SHTF Contest Entry #16”

  1. Yep, it sure is. Four digit serial number. Pacmeyer grips and back strap and adjustable trigger. 40 year carry gun with only a sear replacement.

  2. Wow, I feel unarmed. I like the #13, and this #16. I’m anxious to learn the winner – I don’t have a ‘good’ knife yet.

  3. I have only seen one non-stainless combat master, in real life. it was at a local shop, but was gone by the time I got all my ducks in a row.

    Closest I have come is a Colt commander, with pacmeyer grips and backstrap, worked on by the late Joe Bonar at the Novak shop.

  4. Missing part of post ……..Finally there are the folding credit card knife in my wallet and the steel triangular spike that is usually on my person.

    So, my go to knife? Depends on the job, the situation, my mood….and what I am carrying that day.
    PS, If we end up back in the 1800s, I am prepared to resurrect the horse cavalry days with my true edged Cold Steel Marine NCO sword 😉

    Regards, D.


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