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A combat knife (also commonly called a fighting knife or tactical knife) is a knife designed for military use, specifically for close combat. Although since the end of trench warfare, most military knives have been primarily designed for utility/tool use (clearing foliage, chopping branches for cover, opening ammunition crates, etc).[1]

Modern combat knives come in many shapes and sizes with most military forces today standardizing the types of combat knives issued to soldiers. In the United States Marine Corps, the standard issue combat knife since World War II has been the KA-BAR knife.[1] The Chilean Commando forces are trained in the use of the Corvo knife, a traditional Chilean military weapon. One well-known combat knife is the British Fairbairn-Sykes, which is better classified as a dagger with its double-edged design. This dagger is one of the few modern combat knives designed for fighting instead of for mere field use.[1] The Gurkha regiments favor the Kukri, a broad-bladed curved weapon that more closely resembles a machete or Filipino Bolo than a knife.

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  1. ^ a b c Walker, Greg (1993). Battle Blades: A Professional's Guide to Combat/Fighting Knives. Boulder, Colo.: Paladin Press. pp. 130. ISBN 0-87364-732-7.  
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