This infographic from Knife Hog acts as a primer on the different styles and functions of tactical knives currently on the market.
This infographic from Knife Hog acts as a primer on the different styles and functions of tactical knives currently on the market.
HHA’s LFK01 is designed for situations where a full-sized fix blade knife would be unmanageable and a folding knife a poor compromise. The LFK01 is forged from D2 Tool Steel with a robust Black or Tan Teflon finish. The LFK01 features shock absorbing paracord wrap available in a choice of colors, and is coated in a proprietary acrylic solution; the solution will not impede the practical use of the cord if removed for use in a survival situation.
The sheath is Cordura with a Kydex insert. It features press stud blade retention, and is designed to attach primarily to PALS webbing.
Check out this teaser for the latest in the Cold Steel series of ‘proof’ videos, ‘Apocalypse Proof’. No word on a release date.
Melee Mods is a company that specializes in firearms-mountable blades for rifles, shotguns, and pistols.
The Tact-Axe is machined from 1065 carbon steel, black anodized, and heat treated to a hardness of RC 52. A Viking bearded axe design which mounts to any picatinny rail. Best used with rifles and shotguns.
The Gatchet is machined from 1065 carbon steel, black anodized, and heat treated to a hardness of RC 52. It’s a modified bearded axe that mounts to most handgun laser rails – tested to fit Glocks and Springfield XDs.
Both blades are limited to a run of 250 units. Additionally, they are shipped dull, but for an added fee Melee Mods will sharpen the blade with a convex edge prior to shipping.
Companies Collaborate to Release 511 U.S. Manufactured Strider/5.11 Strider Military Folder Knife
MODESTO, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2014) — 5.11 Tactical®, the global innovator of tactical gear, today announced that the company has partnered with leading knife manufacturer, Strider™ Knives, to release the Strider/5.11 Strider Military Folder (SMF), a custom-designed tactical knife. Made in the U.S., the knife, which is manufactured with CTS-B75P steel for ultimate corrosion and wear resistance, brings together two companies with a common ethos—to make high-quality, functional products based on feedback from those who work in the field. As a limited-edition product, there will only be 511 knives made. Each piece, available at www.511tactical.com later this month, will include a custom nylon case, a “Raider” patch inspired by the WWII Marine Raiders’ patch and a certificate of authenticity signed by Tom Davin, 5.11 Tactical Chief Executive Officer, and Strider Knives Co-owner, Duane Dwyer.
“From the product’s design, to its durability and U.S. manufacturing, the Strider/5.11 SMF knife reflects the core values, mission and ethos of both 5.11 Tactical and Strider Knives,” said Davin. “We’ve long admired the work of Duane Dwyer and the whole Strider Knives team. Collaborating with the Strider experts to create a knife that fits the needs of our combined customer base has been a unique, yet organic, partnership resulting in a beautiful, limited-edition product.”
With a sleek design, rooted in simplicity, the Strider/5.11 SMF knife is engineered with minimum components while staying true to the key components Strider Knives have become known for, including a titanium slab frame lock, a glass epoxy laminate handle and a rough peel surface for positive grip. The blade design is a drop point, hand flat ground with a simple break on the spine and no false edge.
“The Strider/5.11 SMF knife is truly a work of craftsmanship,” said Dwyer. “By engineering with utilitarian requirements in mind, we’ve created a knife that is both a workhorse and a battlefield companion—regardless of where your battle takes place. The subtle yet impactful features are demonstrative of the commitment to quality both companies were founded on and remain committed to.”
The Strider/5.11 SMF knife boasts one-of-a-kind features including a custom-made pivot pin, custom fasteners and a Titanium handle with G10 scales. For durability and long-lasting performance, this is the first Strider knife to incorporate CTS-B75P steel—an alloy from Carpenter Technologies that that is highly resistant to corrosion and wear—allowing users to more easily maintain a sharp edge for an extended period of time.
The Strider/5.11 SMF knife can be purchased on 511tactical.com later this month and will retail for $599.99.
Benchmade’s Limited Edition 586-141 knife features a 2.91″ DLC coated Crowned M390 (HRC 60-62) blade with a hand polished convex edge. The handles are 3D machined carbon fiber with red C-Tek epoxy infused aluminum honeycomb inlays. The reversible pocket clip is a DLC coated split arrow design, and the crimson barrel spacers are anodized aluminum. The locking mechanism is Benchmade’s patented Axis-Assist system. Quantities are limited to 200 pieces.
This French-made pocket knife features 120 layers of Swedish rose stainless Damascus steel on the liner and blade. The handle is constructed of carbon fiber.
Revision has partnered up with SOG Knives to offer a special holiday sale combo: purchase a pair of Hellfly ballistic sunglasses with a SOG Trident Mini folding knife and receive a special discount, a total savings of 57% off MSRP for both items individually. Like all good things, this deal will come to an end – its available until December 16 or while supplies last (only 500 total).
Gerber gear offers a selection of knives, flashlights, belts, and other survival tools for the outdoorsman. We purchased a small variety of Gerber survival tools, and put them to the test with our own weekend warriors, our three Boy Scouts. The rules were simple. They could select any of the products that wanted but had to write about their impressions.
Each week, we’ll feature a new Gerber product review written by one of the Scouts.
The Gerber Gear GDC (Gerber Daily Carry) Zip Blade features a 7CR17 steel blade with a length of .68″. A frame lock mechanism locks the blade into place when deployed. The body of the Zip Blade is made of 3CR13 steel. The zipper attachment features a clip for quick removal.
I like the GDC Zip Blade because it feels solid. The blade is small but useful, and comes out easily enough. The frame lock isn’t too tough to push down when I needed to store the blade. I also liked the clip because I could remove the zip quickly if I needed the blade. I think it works best as a backup if you already have a bigger knife with you.
DPx Gear is having a special deal. Purchase either a HEFT 4 Assault or HEST II Assault knife and add an author-signed preview copy of ‘Roll Hard’ to the order, and get both for just $99. That’s a potential savings of over 50% for the knife alone, plus a signed copy of a kick-ass graphic novel to boot.
Joerg Sprave has done it again. This time, he’s built a “SSC203″ – Sling Shot Channel 203 double-barreled under barrel knife launcher for his deactivated M16A1 (M16A2?). It was designed to work with the new Cold Steel “Hide Out” knife, and can fire either one barrel at a time, or both at once, with roughly 6 feet of effective range.
The Universal Knife Sheath from Tactical Tailor offers a versatile carrying option for most 6″ fixed blade tactical knives; pictured is the Benchmade Nimravus. Available in two versions: the standard dedicated leg rig, and the MALICE clip version which can be attached to modular webbing and features a resin impregnated nylon backer. The sheath comes with a removable injection molded felt lined sleeve that also allows for drainage. The Universal Knife Sheath is available in Black, Coyote Brown, and MultiCam.
The Hunter XT is a hunter-centric variant of the Swiss Army Knife. It features a bright-orange grip made of a non-slip two-component material, and stainless 1.4110 steel tools which include a lock blade, serrated gut hook, bone saw, and Phillips screwdriver. The action is one-hand opening and the Hunter XT comes included with a black nylon pouch.
KA-BAR has expanded their line of Zombie knives to include the “Zomstro” and “Swabbie” style blades. Both blades are constructed from SK5 steel and come with nylon sheaths with a front stuff sack. The handles comes standard green, although a replacement set in black comes with the knives. Made in the USA.
The 2013 SHOT Show will see the release of a collaborative effort between Carhartt and W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. on a new collection of knives: the Carhartt Knives by Case Collection. Made up of 22 individual models, the knives are divided into three separate categories: the G-10 knives which features 7 knives with an ultra-tough handle material with an earthy color and rugged texture inspired by Carhartt’s signature Duck Canvas, the Molasses Bone family with 9 knives that feature a dark brown and bone-colored handle, and the 6 knives in the Rough Black-over-Cream family which are manufactured using a high-quality, durable resin. Examples of each family of knives can be see in the images above. In addition, each knife in the Carhartt Knives by Case Collection will feature Tru-Sharp™ surgical steel blades with a strong shoulder grind and a Scotch-Brite™ brushed finish, which is also found on each knife’s Lazy Duck-shaped bolster inspired by the traditional back pocket stitching style found on Carhartt clothing.
German company TACWRK has put together a zombie survival kit for the year 2012. Included with the kit: Stanley Fatmax crowbar, SOG Voodoo tomahawk, replica Panzerfaust, baseball bat, Mission Archery MXB-360 crossbow, Oakley M-Frame 3.0, replica hand grenade, replica H&K G36, ‘The Zombie Survival Guide’ by Max Brooks, Hanwag Alaska GTX boots, Fenix TK70 flashlight, Böker machete, Stihl MS880 chainsaw, compass, ‘Rambo: First Blood Part II’ replica survival knife, replica Walther SG68 RAM shotgun, United Cutlery Expendables Kunai 3 piece thrower set, Tasmanian Tactical TT Vest Base, ‘Zombie Hunter’ patch, and ‘Zombie Hunting Club Berlin eV’ patch. The Price? € 8,999.00, plus shipping.
This is the Les Stroud Camillus SK Jungle Machete. Designed specifically for survival purposes, the SK Jungle features an 11 3/4 inch long, 2/10 inch thick 440-stainless steel blade which is treated with Carbonitride Titanium, a proprietary process that bonds formulated titanium and chromium nitride to the steel, giving it a surface up to three times harder than the base steel in addition to a more corrosive resistant finish and friction free cutting surface. The blade has a slight inward sweep for better capturing whatever needs to be cut, and the flat tip is sharpened for use with digging and smaller cutting chores.
The 5 1/2 inch handle is constructed from polypropylene with high traction TRP rubber inserts for added grip traction, even in cold weather, and features a lanyard hole. The pommel is checkered hard steel for non-slip hammering which makes it safer from slipping off a stuck object. The SK Jungle comes with a ballistic nylon sheath with built-in fire starter and a nylon mesh pocket.
It looks like the classic Victorinox Swiss Army Knife got an update with a design closely resembling Woodland-style camouflage. It contains 7 tools: knife, nail file w/ nail cleaner, screwdriver, scissors, toothpick, tweezers, and key ring, although models with an expanded combination of tools and camouflage options, including the huntsman in digital camo, are also available.
Soon to be joining SOG’s Blade Light Fixed is the Blade Light Folder (BLT50-N). Featuring a 9Cr18MoV stainless steel 3.9″ blade and a rubberized glass-reinforced Nylon handle, the BLT50-N has 6 LEDs molded into the handle, providing up to 37 lumens of light with a 4.5 hour runtime off two AAA batteries. The blade folds into the handle with a liner lock design, which also allows the Blade Light folder to be used as a flashlight. Available this October.
This impressive bladed implement the Victor Lee VL-03B Fantasy Folding Knife. It features three 3″ curved black stainless steel blades that can fold into the knife body. The handle is anodized aluminum and has a belt clip. It kind of reminds me of the Glaive, minus two blades, of course; based on some reviews I’ve read I also wouldn’t suggest throwing it.
You can get it off Amazon.
This knife by Tom Anderson Cutlery can best be described as brass knuckles times insanity. Machined from stainless steel with a handle made from Spanish micarta, it’s pretty damn intimating, by virtue of its 4 sharp edges. Also, it kind of looks like the Batman logo, but only when put on its mantle… while you squint… in a dark room… maybe.
Available from knife-depot.com – $55.49
Hat Tip: Gizmodo
Tactical Distributors is having another sale, celebrating the day of independence of the United States of America! The sale runs from today, July 2nd, to midnight July 7th. 20% off everything storewide (excluding EOTech, Aimpoint, and SureFire) with free overnight shipping on all orders $100 and over (excluding oversized orders and most Pelican cases). Just use promo code ‘LIBERTY20′ at checkout.
…not the show. Some new Benchmade/HK Knives are available. The “Entourage”. It’s gonna be damn near impossible to beat the Triage or the Infidels, but I guess they gotta try. Also some good news, the Benchmade “Knife Wizard” is live again: http://www.benchmade.com/products/knife_wizard.aspx.
Follow ‘em on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Benchmade.