A while ago, when you were just a little boy, you must have been planning how and where to get your first pocket knife. No matter if it was a new one or a gift from your grandpa, you would still love it just the same, since it was your knife.
The knife used to be a simple tool, easy to take around and helpful in so many various situations. As a police officer, for instant, you always carry a knife in a pocket, hidden away from the general public.
Nowadays, the police officer carries a knife so that anyone can see it, clipped to the pocket of his cargo pants.
Knives became more and more popular and so the “tactical” type appeared. “Tactical” doesn’t necessarily mean useful on a job, though.
When you look for a “tactical knife”, just do as you did for your tactical vest or tactical pants. Take a look at the most important features, the ones that give the perfect tactical knife for you.
It’s not that we’re shallow or anything, but some knife designs are better than others. Some angle tips allow you to cut and stab when in need, while still having the ability to use the thick blade spine for more durability.
No matter the design you choose to go with, get also a blade with a serrated section and a thumb stud and pocket clip. Serrated blades cut anything even when dull and a thumb stud may help you when one handed, in a stressful situations.
Pocket clips make it easy to carry the knife around and to rapidly deploy it without the use of a sheath. They also let you carry the same knife in the same place in and out of uniform.
Size matters, no matter what they say!
There are various shapes and sizes of tactical knives, going from the small 2” folders to the 2ft Bowies you need force to carry around.
A folder with a 3.5-4.5” blade and 8-9” overall length is the most common choice, giving you functionality and comfort at the same time. A smaller knife increases the risk of breaking it even in the most ordinary missions and a bigger one would be too difficult to carry daily.
Take a look at the steel!
The no. 1 choice for the tactical knife is the Damascus steel, which is both long lasting and sharp. This is highly expensive though and not very easy to find.
Most respectable knives use though AUS8, a good choice when it comes to durability and sharpness.
The casing and grip should be made of a composite material protected against shrinking and cracking. A checkered pattern is also to go for as it retains water when wet.
A rubber-like material does give great comfort but tends to dry and eventually crack, giving you an useless tactical knife.
Will it fit?
All that we talked about so far is worthless if your tactical knife doesn’t fit your hand. The knife should be well balanced, not too heavy in either the grip area or blade.
The grip shape should fit like a glove your hand, no pinch points or sharp edges in any places.
Stay away from the molded finger grooves as they fit badly when the grip is reversed and also give pinch points and sharp edges as well.
You have the final say when it comes to your tactical knife. These are just tips for you to help get the big picture when it comes to good tactical knives and you get to “cut” through the middle, for the best choice.