You’ve heard of Glock…knives, eh?

A key early contract for Herr Gaston Glock, two years before the inventor would submit his first prototype pistol for review, was for a polymer-handled field knife for an Austrian Army tender. The lightweight and rugged knife submitted by Glock won over Bundesheer purchasing agents and it was quickly adopted by the Austrian military as the FM (Feldmesser) 78.

As its name would imply, it was intended for all-purpose field use ranging from opening ammo boxes and bottles to food prep and camp chores.

And it would go on to launch an empire.

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