The Strider SMF knife is a weapon that was developed and issued to a specific unit of the U.S. Marine Corps.
The Strider SMF is a folding knife that was created specifically for the first Special Operations Command (SOCOM) of the U.S. Marine Corps. This Marine unit is also known as "Detachment 1." The Strider knife entered service in 2003 and was the first knife to be issued to an individual Marine Corps unit since 1942 when the U.S. was embroiled in the Second World War.
The Strider knife is manufactured by "Strider Knives" based in San Marcos, California. The weapon features a four inch steel blade that can be folded into the handle. The knife’s handle is made of anodized titanium and has an oversized pivot screw. The Strider also features a lock bar stabilizer that helps ensure the knife does not accidentally fold in on itself when open. The Strider knife has the insignia of the "Marine Raiders," which were the last Marine Corps unit to be issued a knife back in 1942.
The Strider knife is used for multiple purposes, including hand-to-hand combat, cutting wire, as a digging implement, and for opening cans and boxes. However, the knife’s primary role with Marines is as a weapon. The U.S. Marine Corps initially order 300 of the knives. Civilian versions of the knife are also sold and have become popular among military enthusiasts and knife collectors.