The New Bayonet Stabs, Slices and Even Dices, Thanks to Mickey Finn
updated 01/05/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/05/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
The M-9 Multi-Purpose Bayonet is the brainchild of Oceanside, Calif. entrepreneur Charles Albert "Mickey" Finn, 48. His company, Phrobis III Ltd., employs only 10 people, including wife Wendy, 43. Finn decided that the new bayonet should incorporate all the features of a sophisticated hunting instrument, a sort of Swiss army knife for field use. And indeed the M-9 can cut wire, slit metal, open bottles and tighten screws. Early next year Finn will deliver the first of 315,600 knives that he has contracted to sell to the Army at $49.56 each. "We're a small company who did a very good job," he says, "and we're proud of that."