So, it is not one of the original Marsoc 300. No numbers, etc. But the connection to Marsoc was as they came into Socom, at least some of them cross-trained with ST1 (my brother’s unit) in Coronado and then deployed to Iraq together. When they got back, the Marsoc guys presented my brother the first Strider. And you know the rest...The initial run of this model consisted of 300 knives. 150 for the men in the unit and 150 similarly marked knives for collectors whose purchase offset the cost of the knives for the military. There are several small differences between the military and civilian versions of this knife. Military issued knives had no letter in the serial number, whereas the civilian counterpart was preceded by a "C" in the serial number.
The MARSOC SMF knife is marked with the date of the Marine unit's activation (030620 or 20 June 2003) as well as "DET-1" on the frame. In addition, the Military version bears the insignia of the Marine Raiders.