- Strider SMF
name= Strider SMF
origin= San Marcos, California, USA
caption= "Numbered Civilian Version (C0060) of the Strider MARSOC SMF"
type= Folding Knife
wars= War on Terror, Operation Iraqi Freedom
designer= Mick Strider & Duane Dwyer
manufacturer= Strider Knives
production_date= 2003 through present
variants= MARSOC Numbered Version, Civilian Numbered Version, Unmarked Version, NSN Knife
blade_type= Drop point S30V Steel
hilt_type= G10 and 64AVL Titanium
sheath_type= Cordura Pouch or Pocket Clip
The Strider MARSOC SMF is a framelock folding
knifethat was specifically developed for Detachment 1, the first SOCOM unit of the United States Marine Corps. The Strider SMF was the first knife issued to an individual Marine Corps unit in over 60 years and the first tactical folder issued within the USMC.
Materials and Construction
The SMF knife is manufactured by
Strider Knivesof San Marcos, California.Larsen, John A.(2003)"Strider Marine Special Ops Folder", "Tactical Knives Magazine", September ] The knife features a 4" drop pointflat ground tiger striped blade of CPM S30V steel. The handle is composed of a fire anodized titaniumframe, oil impregnated bronze bushings, an oversized pivot screw 0.19" in diameter, and a textured G10 glass-reinforced plasticscale with an incorporated backspacer.Gardner, James. (2005)"Duel of the Titans: two exceptional folders exemplify state-of-the-art","Guns Magazine", June 2005.] The National Stock Number ( NSN) for the SMF knife is 1095-01-531-5015.Cascio, Pat. (2007)"The Strider Folder","Knives Illustrated", June 2007, Vol21, N 3, pp 47-51.]
The latest version of this knife (generation 2 and above) includes the Hinderer Lockbar Stabilizer, a mechanism designed by custom knifemaker Rick Hinderer and licensed for use by Strider. The lockbar stabilizer is a metal disc contained in the
titaniumlockbar which is designed to preserve the life of the framelock by preventing overtravel and flex. The original knives designed for the Marines' SOCOM unit in 2003 do not include this feature, but subsequent versions do.
The last time the
US Marinesissued a knifeto an individual unit was in 1942, when a variation of the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knifewas redesigned by Lieutenant Colonel Clifford H. Shuey and produced by the Camillus Cutlery Companyof Camillus, New York. That knife was called the U.S. Marine Raider Stilettoand was issued to Marine Raidersuntil the unit was disbanded in 1944.Rogers, Patrick A.(2003)"Marines New SOCOM Pistol", "SWAT Magazine", December 2003 page 52] 1
When DET-1 was formed and their equipment being chosen they decided not to use the traditional Marine
Ka-Barnor did they go with a dagger design as the Marine Raiders had been issued 60 years previously. Instead they chose Strider's SMF folding knife as their issued blade.Raiding the Past: New spec-ops unit harks back to WWII Raider battalions, "Marine Corps Times", October 2003]
The MARSOC SMF knife is marked with the date of the Marine unit's activation (030620 or June 20, 2003) as well as "DET-1" on the frame. In addition, the Military version bears the insignia of the
Marine Raiders."Model #SMF: Strider Knives", "American Handgunner Magazine", March 2004]
The initial run of this model consisted of 300 knives. 150 for the men in the unit and 150 similarly marked knives for collectors whose purchase offset the cost of the knives for the military.Haskew, Mike.(2006)"At the Heart of the World Class", "Blade Magazine", Volume 31, Issue 5.] There are several small differences between the military and civilian versions of this knife. Military issued knives began with an "M" in the serial number, whereas the civilian counterpart was preceded by a "C" in the serial number. The Marine version also features a Coyote Brown colored G-10 scale and backspacer, whereas the Civilian version's scale and backspacer is made of black G-10. The Civilian version also lacks the Marine Raider Insignia which is stamped on the blade of the Marine version.
After rigorous field testing, including parachute jumps, the unit's Commanding Officer, Colonel Robert Coates remarked that the knife was "selected by, built for, and issued to the Marine Corps SOCOM Detachment." [Haskew, Mike.(2006)"The Big Uglies", "Blade Magazine", Volume 31, Issue 9. Page 25]
* Note 1: According to Pat Rogers: "An example of this is the fact that for only the second time in Marine Corps history, a knife was selected by, built for and issued to a specific Marine Corps unit—the Strider MCSOCCOM. The Marine Raiders of the Second World War, from which the Det has traced its lineage, were the first to have a knife made for them. This was the USMC Stiletto, made by Camillus Cutlery, a copy of the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife, with 14,370 made. (The second Raider Bn adopted the Collins #18 Bowie knife—a commercial knife not made especially for them. Commonly called the “Gung Ho” knife, less than one thousand were issued."
United States Marine Corps
Marine Expeditionary Unit
MCSOCOM Detachment One
List of weapons of the U.S. Marine Corps
List of individual weapons of the U.S. Armed Forces
List of modern weapons
* [http://www.striderknives.com Strider Knives, Inc. official site]
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