What about making whicker baskets to carry your gear in? You'll need a whittling knife for that. Forget getting the drinks in or throwing stuff around because Abdul didn't buy the round, there's more important thngs to consider.
As far as a combat knife is concerned, might I suggest the issue Bayonet is good for the job of sticking baddies? It's got as longer handle than most knives and goes bang!
Yes. I have heard they are rubbish at serving drinks while you are in a fire fight with them and tend to trip while in no mans land heading towards our lines with a tray. Might I suggest firing a pulley system over to their lines - in the way that ships do replens - and they could serve beverages in cans to your lines. Not ideal I know but...
Don't go down the fixed blade combat knife route - a folding knife is much handier. Get him a folding knife with a substantial 3-4" locking blade (but make sure that he knows that the current view in UK legal circles is that lock knives and blades over 3" are offensive weapons). One handed opening using studs or a hole in the blade is a good idea.
Knives are like optics - quality is invaluable and you have to be prepared to pay for it.
I've use one for years now, they are cheap but practical and the barrel lock means it wont fold in on your hand. Best of all they are high carbon steel so dead easy to keep sharp. worst of all they are high carbon steel so really, really don't appreciate being left wet.
Woody buys expensive combat knife from US PX
sgt be careful with that its fecking sharp opps to late stiches at field hospital follow sold it later to said nco who had it confiscated by the raf police
combat more likely to use a bayonet.
out of combat more or less anything is more use than a big feck off knife and the RAF police will more than likely confiscate it to help stock there eBay shop.
if you must buy him a knife buy as decent biggish folder as the sensible post
there where 2. one fired the blade via a large spring. called a ballistic knife. generaly considered to be utterly useless, and only of interest to "mall ninjas"
the other one did fire a pistol bullet out of the back end. the chinese apparently then made a 4 shot version.
I would suggest a small to mid sized folding knife, one handed opening is useful, as is a pocket clip. reason being that it can be an absolute pain opening the blade on a multi-tool when you only want to do a realy quick job. spyderco do good ones, but my suggestion would be something like the boker subcom. nice small knife, very pocket sized, and very lightweight. reasonably priced too. a slightly larger model would be the m-type by the same company.
CRKT Edgie knife, folding blade, self sharpening (not quite true but the blade wont dull as quick as others) and not big enough to set off RAF fun police radars, try ebay got one for 6quid good value, failing that get him a samurai sword, worth it for the look on the scanner blokes face alone.
I thought you were only allowed to carry knives on the streets of some inner-city sink estate where chavs really do have to fight for their very survival and existence. I mean what use would some big fcuk-off knife be out in Helmand. It's not asif there's a war going on out there is it?