One more privilege of earning the "Green Beret"
Since 2002 the graduates of the SFQC (Special Forces Qualification Course) are recieving the "Yarborough" knife along with thier "Green Beret" and thier "Q" course graduation certificate during their graduation ceremony at Ft. Bragg N.C. Aptly named after the William Yarborough, the father of modern day U.S. Army Special Forces.
To own one you have to give the U.S. Army 24 months of successful completion of the SFAS and SFQC, along with language school and the SERE course........................and your SOUL!!! For those interested civillain enthusiasts in the latest edged weapon fashion statement, the knife can be purchased from Chris Reeve, the knife maker, with input from Bill Harsey, Bladesmith to the Quite Professionals of the Special Forces. The civillian version, dubbed the "The Green Beret Knife" can be purchased directly from the Chris Reeve websight www.chrisreeve.com Chris Reeve/Bill Harsey also have made a "Yarborough" knife in memoriam of Neil Roberts, Navy SEAL that was taken from us by the Taliban on the mountain top of Takur Ghar, during the now famous "Roberts Ridge" incident during Operation Anaconda just north of Kabul, Afghanistan. It is simply called the "Neil Roberts Warrior" and is made of the same steel and steel processing as the "Yarborough" knife given to each graduate of the Special Forces "Q" course.
NO, I'm not working for Chris Reeve or Bill Harsey, but I own the "Yarborough" knife and it is thus far the finest blade that I have ever used. From the K-Bar to Emerson knives, this knife is made of SV30 steel with a DPM process that improves the steels ability to used as a pry-bar, and retain it's edge far longer than competing knives in it's price range. The civillian price is $300 and it is available in the 7" blade length or the 5.5" blade length.