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    Hi,

    I've recently picked up some current issue items for my RAF aircrew collection, one is a hard to find Victorinox 'Hunter' issued for use in RAF ejection seat 'PSP' kits (Personal Survival Pack) and helicopter vest survival packs.

    The knife is marked 'MRI GQ 1604' on the scale, 'GQ' being the british parachute maker who make the parachutes for Martin-Baker ejection seats and the supplier of the knife to the MOD. Etched on the main blade is '27C/7018504', '27C' indicates that the knife is for aircrew use. That number in the NSN registery comes up as: NSN 5110-99-701-8504, Knife, Pocket.



    The ejection seat pin and tag are for a Martin-Baker ejection seat, the GQ patch was from a GQ parachute harness.

    Many thanks to Philip (Cabot) for the knife!

    Hope you found this interesting.

    cheers,

    -John

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    Ha, I think we all forgot SAK / multitool in the 2 guns 2 knives thread. That's an unusual one though, for sure.

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    Hi,

    I have to say that I'd never have a knife like this as a major part of an emergency kit.... they are just too light weight, a good Leatherman yes, but not one of these (and with a corkscrew too...... never understood that!).

    I guess if you end up in an orchard or a wine cellar that blade and corkscrew might come in very handy!

    cheers,

    -John

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    There needs to be a zombie apocalypse movie with survivors moving from wine cellar to wine cellar.

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    I have the Dutch issued version thrown into one of our evacuation food bags (3*day supply for evacuation, 2*week supply for home). I have a Leatherman Wave in my personal bailout bag, but the Dutch Army knife is a small multitool I'm happy to have stored w/ the food.





    Nice RAF Victorinox! Kind regards, B.

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    John,

    Thank you for posting the knife pic.

    Where does one begin to hunt for such a knife?

    It's very cool and I think it would be quite useful to have one.

    Please let me know and thanks!

    Kind Regards,
    Brian Collins

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianjcollins View Post
    John,

    Thank you for posting the knife pic.

    Where does one begin to hunt for such a knife?

    It's very cool and I think it would be quite useful to have one.

    Please let me know and thanks!

    Kind Regards,
    Brian Collins
    Hi Brian,

    the RAF issue knife is extremely hard to find and costs around 2 to 3 times the price of a normal Victorinox Hunter. Ebay has many Hunters for good prices. The only thing different to the RAF knife is the markings on the scales and blade.
    Billy's dutch knife has a philips screwdriver in place of the corkscrew on the RAF type, the RAF type also has a saw blade, toothpick and tweezers, I think both models of the hunter are on Ebay in new and older types/designs.

    cheers,

    -John
    Last edited by Flightpath; 10-22-2013 at 22:48.

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    Hello all I am new to the forum,
    I know this is an old thread about the RAF Irvin GQ survival pack knife but I am after one if anybody knows where I get buy one from as a gift for a friend.
    Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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    Very Cool!!!

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    They are hard to find as they rarely come out of the seat pack. And, when a seat is decommissioned, the survival pack contents are recycled for future use.

    Can you make a friend in the Seat Shop at you nearest RAF base?

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    Nice little themed collection.

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    Another RAF SURVIVAL PACK knife.
    These are becoming scarce
    I do have the correct scabbard marked with stores ref code and arrow



    Kindest Regards
    David

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    Hi David,

    I'm pretty sure these Fairbairn–Sykes knives are not in RAF survival packs, but they are still in stores for Royal Marines Commando use........ Nice knife

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