Multi-Tool for Military

rehab44

Old-Salt
It needs one of those thingies for getting stones out of horses hoofs
 
If it's a simple tool, does it need a blade? Perhaps a small fixed blade knife that can be carried separately or slid into a clip on the tool, or the folded tool used as a handle for a fixed blade.

Legal issues will preclude locking blades, but non locking ones are a danger to the user. Small fixed blade sheath knife with the tool as part of the handle, in which case include a fork so it can be used to neck your dinner.
 
If it's a simple tool, does it need a blade? Perhaps a small fixed blade knife that can be carried separately or slid into a clip on the tool, or the folded tool used as a handle for a fixed blade.

Legal issues will preclude locking blades, but non locking ones are a danger to the user. Small fixed blade sheath knife with the tool as part of the handle, in which case include a fork so it can be used to neck your dinner.

No need for a fork I don't think - all ORP come with a spoon designed to be used for breakfast and dinner and then disposed off (to prevent people using the same spoon/fork for multiple meals and getting ill)

Non-locking blade that emerges from a handle would be good for cutting comms cord etc..
Most multi tools have a locking blade though? Does the law just disqualify any locking blade over a certain length?
 
Non locking blade is a danger to the user, particularly with something that may require a bit of force like comms cord.

The single use spoons in MREs are shit. End up with a plastic handle in hand and bits of broken plastic bowl in your scoff. Prefer the long handle titanium/aircraft alloy ones. If your personal admin is up to scratch (ie, lick the fooker properly clean before stowing) there's not too much chance of the Calcutta splutter unless you're bloody unlucky.

Agree re fork being overkill, but officers are expected to uphold standards and will probably insist on one that accentuates the linen and candelabra.
 
No need for a fork I don't think - all ORP come with a spoon designed to be used for breakfast and dinner and then disposed off (to prevent people using the same spoon/fork for multiple meals and getting ill)

Non-locking blade that emerges from a handle would be good for cutting comms cord etc..
Most multi tools have a locking blade though? Does the law just disqualify any locking blade over a certain length?

More, or less, yes.

If you have lawful authority, or a reasonable excuse (in the legal sense) then you may carry one. A reasonable excuse is that you can prove you need it for work purposes and not just on a whim in case you happen to come across a nuclear reactor in meltdown that you can fix with your multi-tool.

Leatherman makes UK compliant, blade free, multi-tools.

Spyderco makes a nice folding knife which has a slip locking thingy rather than a full locking blade. This makes it UK compliant as it cannot lock. The British knife community on the now non-existant British Blades Forum asked Sal, the owner of Spyderco, to produce a UK compliant pen knife, so he did. The knife is called the UK Penknife, or UKPK.
 

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