You did not say where your LT is stationed - ship/small boat/station/airbase.
However, a knife is a lifesaving tool (your own or others) that I would not be without. Back in the 70's the Buck knife was everywhere on the ship because they held a sharp edge for a long time but were more expensive than others. I watched a seaman cut a line under tension with a Buck knife, when the line broke it took the knife blade with the snaping line over the side of the ship because the steel is harder in the Buck than, say my knife of choice, an Old Timer knife. The seaman still had the handle of the Buck knife in his hands. He could return the bladeless handle to Buck for a replacement but that did not help him several hundred miles at sea. He threw the handle over the side. I bought a two blade Old timer. If one blade dulled or broke I had another in the same knife to use. A folding blade is better than a fixed blade because it is easier to carry on the ship and will fit into a pocket. A fixed blade (other than in combat) is NOT allowed in most commands. My experience is over 30 years ago so maybe some one more current can pipe in.
Edit: Sorry, I left out a word -NOT....allowed
Last edited by Mush; 05-26-2010 at 18:26..