I remember carrying a Bowie Knife strapped to the left portion of my webbing whilst in South Armagh.British army before the days of political correctness. Every squaddy had a locker full of sharp edged tat: Mail order Samurai swords, spears brought back from Kenya, rambo knives, axes...God knows what else.
I never personally witnessed it, but I heard stories of people carrying private weapons on the streets of Belfast that would have led to major scandals today.
We all liked to carry kukris or bowies on our webbing. When chest webbing first came out, there was a craze for strapping tanto edged daggers to the front. The officers and senior NCOs were fine with it.
One of the better 'ruggedised' watches I had was the one in the link below. Very strong, simple, and easy to read at night. An ideal soldier's watch IMO. That said, mine packed up after 3 years, but maybe I was unlucky:Son is currently nearing the end of his basic training at Catterick. We are looking for inspiration for what to give him as a gift. We are thinking about getting him a decent watch that is both rugged and waterproof but around the £400 mark. But also want to get him something “useful” he can use. Does anyone have any ideas?
Gurkha units used to sell them at their PRI's in Hong Kong and Aldershot. Lots of squaddies going to Belize or Brunei had them on their webbing. Better than the issued Golak machette or tree beater as it was better known.