I just found out about the Soviet NR-40 military knife. I wrote this all on another forum, but it won't hurt to copy it all here. The NR-40, also known as the "Finka"!
...There is a lot of puukko history on the Russian/Soviet side of the Finnish border too! I recall that when I visited Russia in 2006, someone said that puukkos had been illegal during Soviet times. It appears that the restriction applied only to Finnish style knives: the puukko, Finski Noz, and it's derivatives.
During the Winter War, the Soviets found out first hand that they did not have a proper military knife. This issue was corrected in 1940 with the NR-40 military knife - a bit like the Ka-Bar of Soviet Union. Some sources say that it was based on Finnish knives encountered during the Winter War, Wikipedia gives a different explanation. Maybe both versions are part true. This is what Wikipedia says:
In the beginning of 20th century, Finnish puukko knives started becoming popular with criminals in major cities of the Russian Empire. Local knife-makers then began modifying the Finnish woodsman's tool to make it more useful for fighting; for example, making the blade longer, changing from a flat back to a clip point, and adding a large guard. The resulting weapon, still called a "Finnish knife" (финский нож) in Russian, looked rather different from a typical puukko. "Finnish knives" were ubiquitous in the criminal underworld of Russia and Soviet Union throughout the first half of the 20th century. Because of the criminal association, the "Finnish knife" was banned in the Soviet Union in the 1930s, much like the switchblade would later be banned in the West.
The Winter War revealed a number of deficiencies in Soviet weaponry; among other issues, the Soviet infantry lacked a good combat knife. As a result, in 1940, the Soviet Army adopted the NR-40 – essentially, a mass-produced version of the Russian gangster's "Finnish knife".
There is more text on the English Wikipedia page, but I shall not copy it here. The link is:
Ooo... nice RMJ Tactical hawk, Kestrel? For throwing I would suggest something like the Cold Steel Frontier Hawk, cheap, cheerful & fully functional. Loosing one of those in the woods will not make you cry, loosing an RMJ Tactical will. Their gear is really good and also really expensive, Shrikes are USD 375 + s/h, Eagle Talon is 475 + s/h, Kestrel goes for 450 + s/h.. Waiting time is in months (due to a large number of orders to deployed troops).
Shrike is more like a breaching tool, Eagle Talon & Kestrel fall into that category to some extent. Extremely durable and lovely pieces of design & engineering, hope I get enough loose change one of these days to get all of them.
So I ordered the Gerber Epic a while back and here is some photos comparing it to the CRKT M-16-12M
So far its been a nice knife, but the sheath clip sucks. I wear a pretty big instructors belt and the clip wont hold on at all. one of the bolts that hold the clip onto the sheath has already come lose and fallen off. Luckily the gerber logo is held on with the same bolt so I just stole it and moved it to the clip. The Clip can be moved to either side for the left handed folks.