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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.
 

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Intresting how things change. In the old days, the 60s, they gave you a CAR-15 and a Bodybag with your name stenciled on it.

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Moreover, you can by them all day long in the Brigade catlouge along with the sheath. Anyway, nice knife.
 

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My best bud was an SOF officer for twenty years. He recently retired as an 05. When he went to Gulf War #1 as part of the JSOC, he had a couple of knives that looked just like these custom made. His sole requirement beyond the usual ability to hold an edge, ruggedness, etc... was that the knife be absolutely "sterile" with no markings or of a type of steel likely to identify the weapon as being of American origin. I guess that was in case he lost it "in" somebody.....
 

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S30V is prone to chipping it's working edges under hard use.

The steel is also something that would be identified with American companies whether it is considered sterile or not otherwise. I have no clue how an enemy could ever determine the steel used in the knife to begin with unless it was clearly marked.

It it is marked as to it's steel makeup, it's not sterile to begin with.

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S30V is prone to chipping it's working edges under hard use.

The steel is also something that would be identified with American companies whether it is considered sterile or not otherwise. I have no clue how an enemy could ever determine the steel used in the knife to begin with unless it was clearly marked.

It it is marked as to it's steel makeup, it's not sterile to begin with.

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I saw the knives. They looked a LOT like those pictured below. But there were NO markings. Not even the steel markings. They had a "hefty feel" and there was a skull cracker in the butt. Or is that the "heel?" Lanyard hole for a "dummy cord." Designed to be mounted on LBE straps inverted for a downward draw.
 
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