I'm aware of that, its a loaded word much like "extreme."
Originally Posted by tellner
That is just what I tend to hear the more high quality folders refered to as. I.E. they would be capable of being used in a tacticle or combat situation because they are dependable and of high quality.
And thanks everyone for the recommendations so far, I will look into things. As far as the size I want, the laws here in Tennessee are basically folders with a four inch blade. Also gravity knives (balisong) are in a grey area. Because it doesn't say you can't use them specifically like it does switch blades, but it has a provision for knives that have "no common lawful purpose." So I suppose depending on the situation it would dictate whether or not they were legal.
"Tactical" has become a silly word, but the features of a "tactical" knife are generally thought to include the following, and they're very useful features for every day, not necessarily for fighting:
- A strong, simple lock (I like pure lockbacks, frame locks, or the Axis/Rolling/etc. types.)
- Egonomic grips and efficient blades with plenty of belly and efficient tips.
- Light weight.
- Strong, corrosion-resistant materials (this one gets debated.)
- Easy, versatile carrying (the pocket clip was tactical before tactical was cool.)
- Low-reflective coating and blood grooves for covert deanimation activities (Just kidding, but there's a company out there that actually uses those phrases in its advertising.)
I highly recommend Spyderco. Benchmade is very good, but I haven't been a fan since the Ascent. The Griptilian models with the Rolling Lock are very cool, though. I am NOT impressed with most Cold Steel models.
Hawkbills are really neato-looking and everything, but a good clip point is a lot more efficient at just about anything.
So I should bite the bullet and finaly check out the Spyderco's ? I have been hating on them quietly becouse of the EXXXTREME !!!!! look they seem to carry .
Originally Posted by Don Gwinn
I honestly haven't seen or handled one that looked "normal" and functional .
Off to google it for a while and see what I find .
damn this is nice ...
A little big but I like it as well
Last edited by BackFistMonkey; 5/16/2006 4:42pm at .
Originally Posted by ghost55
“I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out.”
Originally Posted by WFMurphyPhD
Well, this is my first post, just like to say hi to all, anyways back to the point so to speak, as previously stated it doesn't need to be designated as "tactical" to damage. Any sharp knife blade can seriously f*ck you up, tactical or not. What you want to look for is STRENGTH, and SPEED. Not necessarily speed of opening but speed of access. So these are my two suggestions based on what I own.
1) Kershaw Storm 2, a folder with roughly a 3.5 to 4 inch blade, slight recurve.
2)Kershaw Military Knife, a fixed blade, but small (4 inches or so) and quick, the under the coat option of carry is outstanding, you cant even see the outline of the knife, and it's a quick release kydex sheath, no straps just give it a quick jerk and the knife comes out smooth.
A word on blade styles: If your looking for a tactical knife, look at drop points, sturdy stilletos (I say sturdy because some stilleto blades break easy at the tip), and clip points.
Thats all for my first post. Hope it helps
Am I the only one that likes Hawkbills?
$190? wow didn't know Spyderco was so pricy. I'll stick with Kabar.
Originally Posted by BackFistMonkey
The Benchmade Axis lock is very strong. Most production liner locks are going to be a little on the thin side, to include the Emersons. Most people are not going to need a very beefy lock though unless there are using the knife pretty roughly.
I have an old benchmade Griptilian and loved it. It opened smoothly and had a strong lock-up. For the money, CRKT makes some good fixed blades also. I'm not a big fan of the Kershaws, only because their liner locks are paper thin. I'm not to keen on Cold Steel either, but that's because the owner is a fucking putz.
The best thing you can do, go to a knife store and handle all the knives until you find one that is right for you. Just because it looks cool isn't a good reason to buy it, unless it is for collecting.
Originally Posted by pl4zM4
Not a hawkbill, but I have one of these. It is my favorite folder. It's called the Raven. click on the picture for it to see some of the variations.
I like my Cold Steel Vaquero but I have one problem with it: the serrated edge. I would recommend staying away from serrated edges unless your sharpening-fu is strong. Mine is not and I'm afraid of fucking up the edge of my knife. I'm considering getting a Cold Steel Scimitar w/o the serrated edge because of this.
Originally Posted by Canuckyokushin
My two cents- I carried a Spyderco Military for years. When I got the itch for an upgrade, I went to the Emmerson Commander. Both are fabulous knives- the locks are very strong and they hold a good edge. FYI- the military is getting to be an old model now, so it might be relatively cheap. The Emmerson, otoh, has the fastest draw of any non-spring loaded knife (it is fast!).
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