This one goes wayyyy back to when I first received this Bayonet for testing and eval. Why I received it isnt important though, only the review, results, and the score. When I first got it, I opened it like any other package, and I was struck by the heft of the item contained. So I took the blade out of the "High Impact Resistant Polymer" (I'm fairly certain its just Zytel) scabbard and was amazed to find such a thick blade. The edge was a joke, not even close to being shaving sharp, but then again, that may not have been the intended purpose. If it were me making the M9 or the M9A1, I would've insisted in a shaving sharp blade, which isn't hard to produce if you know what you're doing. As I was saying, the blade was strikingly beefy, coming in at a wicked .235" thick at the ricasso. For those of you who dont know your fractions and decimals, .235" is damn near 1/4" (.250") thick. That's beefy for a production knife, especially a military one. Of course things built to Mil-Spec are always gonna be beefier, this beast was no exception, that's for sure!

The Specs are as follows:
Blade- 7.125" w/ a 6.250" cutting edge
Saw Edge- 2.50" long 'saw' edge
Handle- 5.0625" long including the guard
OAL- 12.250" including the bayo lug at the pommel
Sheath- 14.50" OAL including Fastex buckle and Nylon straps
Weight- 1lb-11.25 oz. total weight including knife and sheath

So the handle is nice and rounded, no sharp edges or anything to really tear your hands up. It has a kind of micro diamond texture on it which provides a certain amount of grip, but not as much as I would like in a wetter environment. Perhaps if they would have made a Polypropylene or even Rubber sleeve to slide on over the handle for wet weather ops, that might have solved this problem. The Blade is beefy like I was saying, but with that beefiness, you sometimes end up sacrificing sharpness and edge holding ability. Edge geometry is a major factor in military knives, and isn't payed attention to nearly enough in the knife world as it is. The Wire Cutter is screwed to the bottom of the Polymer Scabbard and has a machined in flat-head screwdriver for adjusting the Bayonet Lug Pommel on the knife handle. The sheath also has a nice Fastex Buckle and Nylon System attached to it with more screws, and what looks to be some sort of old school A.L.I.C.E. Metal belt loop system. As this sheath is currently, it is not compatible with MOLLE or PALS Gear, but it is a well built and tough sheath. (At nearly 2 lbs, it better be. haahaha) The Light weight handle is an advantage when chopping however, and can aid in the follow through when chopping branches to make a field expedient shelter. I am not totally sure what type of steel they used for these either, but I hope it was something good like D2 or something decent like 1095. God help me if they used AUS8 or some second rate steel like that. If you know anything about blades and blade steels, you will know that the AUS line of steels are mostly crap. They're edge holding is mediocre at best, the toughness is non-existent, and the wear resistance is null and void. If you're buying knives, avoid any and all AUS Steels, or buy at your own risk.
I have taken this knife out camping, to a few different rescues, to 5 different heavy tool extrication scenes, rappelling, and I have even used it during a simulated MCI (Mass Casualty Incident). It performed quite well in all circumstances and is still performing now. I can honestly say, at this point, the Lan-Cay M9 Bayonets are nice, and I would not hesitate to add one to my survival kit if I didn't already own one. After everything I have put this knife thru, and it is still going strong, I cant poke at its toughness. I am, however, not a huge fan of the Parkerized finish on the blade. It may be Park'd but then again it might just be Black Phosphate, I'm not 100% sure. Either way, the finish sucks. Within one use, this knife looks like it has seen years of battle. That isn't cool in my book, but if everything else is 5x5, then its hard to be too particular about the blade finish. The only other issue I have is the weight. In a world where ounces equal pounds, and pounds equal pain, EVERY manufacturer needs to be aware of the materials they are using, the processes they are using to make their products, and the design specs they are using. Reducing a Soldier or EMS workers Overall Weight carried is always gonna net your product more sales. The lighter our troops are in the field, the faster they move, and the less they get tired...and so on.

Final score is: 88%
  • Edge Holding Ability- The edge holds up to a few days of hard use: 9%
  • Dimensions/Size & Weight- Good Size, but its heavy: 8% 
  • Maneuverability- Ease of movement and usage are good: 9%
  • Deployment speed- Speed is OK, not great: 8%
  • Materials & Finish- Materials are great, Finish sucks: 8%
  • Repairs- You have to send it back to Lan-Cay, but you can DIY some of it: 9%
  • Sharpening- Suggest Pro only which is more expensive: 9%
  • Accessories- No add-Ons, but there are other sheaths for it: 9%
  • Longevity- Does it stand the test of time? Indeed: 10%
  • Attention To Detail- They were inspected at Lan-Cay before leaving: 9%