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    Afghan Commando Knife

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    Post by nkomo Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:30 pm

    I have had this for awhile, but never got around to posting it for several reasons. One big reason was that I wasn't 100% sure who it was used by.

    The other day, I was looking at the Afghan Special Forces page on Facebook and I found a picture of an Afghan Commando wearing the same make of knife on his belt.

    I don't think this type knife is an issue piece. Maybe a private purchase piece.

    As you can see, my knife has been spray painted a brown at one time to make it more color suitable for a desert environment. Blade is extremely heavy. Handle has a small survival kit in a plastic case (matches, striker, hooks, fishing line, etc) and the handle cap is a small compass.


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    Picture of the knife in use with the Afghan Commandos.

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    Post by ripcord Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:34 am

    Hey there..

    This knife is made in Spain by Aitor.
    A dead giveaway is the knife retention strap. Typically Spanish.

    Aitor also makes a large knife called the Jungle King. It is a rather heavy knife.
    It has the most survival items I have ever seen on any knife.

    Aitor also made/makes a heavy knife called Cuchillo de Monte (Mountain Knife)for the Spanish Army

    The logo on the sheath is identical to the logo on the above knife.

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    Post by nkomo Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:14 am

    Thanks for the information. Something odd about this knife though, all the other Aitor Commando knives I have seen have Aitor prominently etched somewhere on the blade, but this knife doesn't have Aitor anywhere on the blade. Nothing has been ground or taken off. It has never had the Aitor logo anywhere on the blade.


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    Post by ripcord Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:24 pm

    http://www.aceros-de-hispania.com/gb/infer.asp?ac=1&trabajo=listar&pa=cuchillos_supervivencia_knives&sg=cuchillos_supervivencia_knives

    Here is a link to Aitor knives

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    Post by ripcord Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:54 pm

    This is a commercial version of the Cuchillo de Monte called Oso Negro ( black bear )

    Although it is made for the commercial market, it is a quality item that is identical to the Cuchillo de Monte except

    for the color of the blade,handle, and sheath. The original has a olive green sheath,and handle, while the blade is a

    stainless satin finish, If I remember correctly.

    The Jungle king series has two basic models, one large, one smaller,and now come in black, satin, and camo blade finishes.

    Like the Commando series, they have a pinned blade. I believe the Cuchillo de Monte/Oso Negro series have a full tang.

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    PS. Check out the logo on the sheath.
    Please note the blade is kept well oiled.


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    Post by ripcord Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:06 pm

    I did notice the absence of the word Aitor on the blade.

    The knife may have been issued, as opposed to being a private purchase.

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    Post by nkomo Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:54 pm

    Some more great information. Let me ask your opinion, could mine be a Chinese copy of the Aitor knife? Like I said, no serial number and no Aitor logo on mine.


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    Post by ripcord Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:11 pm

    That is a possibility.

    I am aware of Chinese copies of both the Jungle King, and the Cuchillo de Monte knives.

    I acquired the former, and promptly gave it away. Yech !!!

    There are a load of Chinese copies of the latter that sell for around $ 9.99.

    Pure ca ca.....( with all sort of bogus "elite" logos).

    The Aitor made items are not cheap. They are well made and rugged. The pinned blade items are also well made

    and relatively rugged. There is the possibility that your knife is Aitor made, and an issue item where the Aitor name

    has been deleted at the request of whatever government entity.

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    PS In the 80s my Spanish source sent me 12 real Jungle Kings that I promptly sold to friends.

    I am aware of only 2 that are still around.

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