The Yarborough knife was named after Lieutenant General William P. Yarborough, who is known as the Father of the Modern Green Berets. He wanted U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers to have a distinct edged weapon like their ancestors in World War II did. What began as a simple dinner conversation between Yarborough and Lieutenant General Doug Brown evolved into the knife known to the Special Forces as “the Yarborough” and to everyone else as “the Green Beret knife.”
Chris Reeve Knives (CRK) has a reputation for making top-of-the-line hard-use knives that comprise toughness, style and elegance. CRK has always moved with the times, evolving its products by offering updated materials while this ever-changing market grows—they stay on top of it. The Green Beret knife is made in Boise, Idaho, by CRK and designed by renowned knifemaker and designer Bill Harsey with manufacturing input from Chris Reeve. The original Green Beret knife as awarded to Special Forces Qualification Course graduates had a 7-inch-long blade, an overall length of 12.375 inches, a blade thickness of 0.22 inches, a KG Gun Kote finish, sandblasted black Micarta, CPM S30VN steel, and a foliage green Spec-Ops Brand sheath (Combat Master series). CRK’s new Green Beret knife is a smaller version of the original with a blade length of 5.5 inches, an overall length of 10.875 inches and CPM S35VN stainless steel. The supplied sheath is still the Spec-Ops Brand but in coyote brown.
In The Field
While field-testing the Green Beret, I was teaching two different survival classes and used the knife hard with survival applications in mind. I also got a chance to see others use the knife in ways that would definitely void a warranty. I think some of the best knife abuse comes from giving knives to people who don’t know how to use them. Needless to say, no job was too big or small for the Green Beret knife.
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