The Few And The Proud


Eight Knives And Tools The U.S. Marines Use And Love

U.S. Marines

Pictured here are eight life-takers and heartbreakers who are my heroes. Front row, left to right: GySgt. Duane Lane, GySgt. Geof Barisano, Maj. Ron Hess and Maj. Mike Kuzniar. Back row, left to right: SSgt. Stephen Vega, Maj. Steve Hulse, MSgt. Dick Ralich and MSgt. Chet Rolka. Photo provided by Maj. Hulse.


We should never forget those who are in harm’s way.

One of our nation’s heroes whom I have come to know is Major Steve Hulse, who was a big help in getting these knives donated into the hands of Marines on the ground in Afghanistan. This story started when I learned Major Hulse is a big fan of Leatherman Tools and in general a fan of all cutting devices and tools, so prior to his deployment to Afghanistan I mailed him a Leatherman WAVE (one of my favorite Leatherman tools).

After receiving his Leatherman, Major Hulse reported back to me that he was very pleased with the WAVE’s workmanship and quality. The Major told me he could see this WAVE being a constant companion in his upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, and so began my plan to get some quality knives and tools into the hands of our Marines with the assistance of Major Hulse.

Once Major Hulse arrived at his assigned base in Afghanistan, I sent over two boxes of knives, which I received from U.S. knife companies. All of the knives mentioned here are now serving in our war on terrorism and will no doubt be serving in the future with the United States Marines.


In addition to the Leatherman WAVE sent to the Major, a Leatherman MUT was shipped by the Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. to the Major for his evaluation. The MUT is designed on the M-4 (AR-15) platform to complement these assault rifles in the field, with blades and tools that include threaded areas for cleaning rods and brushes, screwdriver bits sized for sighting adjustment, a disassembly punch, and even a bronze blade for carbon scraping. This is a handy tool for anyone who will be toting an M-4 rifle and should be a required piece of equipment. I have handled a sample of the MUT and, as did the Major, found it to be very functional and perfect for the M-4 or AR-15 owners.


The other knives were all well received as well.

SOG sent some cool knives; my personal favorite among them being the Slim Jim XL. The Slim Jim is thin and functional for an everyday carry knife, and could also be great as a tool for the office desk. The Slim Jim XL has a slender 4.18-inch blade made of AUS8 steel, which is perfect for easy carry and precise cutting chores.

I personally liked and own the CRKT Heiho. I am not a big fan of a tanto blade, but the Heiho’s tanto has a gradual and slanting edge, which is more pleasing to my eye. The CRKT OutBurst assisted opening blade in the Heiho just makes this knife rock. The 3 1/8-inch blade is made of 8Cr14Mov steel and has an overall open length of 7 inches and a closed length of 4 inches. The pocket clip on the cool ornate handle lets the Heiho set deep into the front pocket to keep out of the way of the badge mounted on my belt.

The following knives were sent to the troops:

SOG Flash II

SOG 2 Power Lock

SOG 2 Trident

SOG Slim Jim XL

CRKT Eraser


CRKT Ripple

CRKT Heiho

KA-BAR USMC Combat Knife

KA-BAR Zombie Death Dagger

KA-BAR Zombie Chop Stick

Gerber I.D. Kit

Gerber OMF Folder

Buck Hoodlum

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. sent their Operation Enduring Freedom Trapper as a Christmas present to the Major


Buck Knives

660 S. Lochsa St.

Post Falls, ID 83854-520



18348 SW 126th Place

Tualatin, OR 97062


Gerber Gear

14200 SW 72nd Ave.

Portland, OR 97224



200 Homer St.

Olean, NY 14760


Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.

12106 NE Ainsworth Circle

Portland, Or 97220-9001


SOG Specialty Knives & Tools, LLC

6521 212th St. Southwest

Lynnwood, WA 98036

888-405-6433 (US only)

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co.

P.O. Box 4000, 50 Owens Way

Bradford, PA 16701



By Clint Thompson

Photos by Major Steve Hulse and knife manufacturers