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[Ongoing] Tactical Knives Discussion

On Massdrop, there are beginners who are just starting out and experts who really know their stuff. Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum, you should always be able to find answers to your questions within the community.
TACTICAL KNIVES There’s a tactical knife for every occasion. Some come with screwdrivers, some come with glassbreakers, and others come with a little of everything. Whether you need a knife for everyday use or emergencies, you can usually rely on a tactical blade.
ASK QUESTIONS Want to know the difference between various grip types? Or what kind of steel is best for which task? Maybe you just want to learn a bit more about the history or development of these utilitarian blades? The best way to find the answers to your questions is to ask the community. There are members who are experts in pretty much every area you can imagine, and they can help you go from beginner to pro.
Ask your questions by posting in the discussion below.
GIVE ANSWERS Many of you in the community know a lot about tactical knives and have great information to share. We encourage you to help out anyone who has questions!

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Cold steel, I’ve wondered about them. Heard mixed reviews. What’s their best model in your opinion?
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Thanks for the info, I’m always looking to get into something. Always something to get into in the southern swamps. Might just get one and give it a go, thanks for the reply
Bamarick75
For actual use, I think there are some really good options in the CS lineup. They do use XHP on their high end stuff though, which isn't terribly rust resistant. Should be fine for fresh water.
My research does indicate that military and police tend to lean towards some folder as back ups, understanding that straight edges are the go to tactical preference. For example, the benchmade Adamas was carried by some soldiers in Iraq war. I am building a pretty cool list of knives which soldiers personally testify to what folders they carried during war. Some rescue and police preferences I also keep track of.
GeorgeMagnum
Here is my Benchmade Mel Pardue, model 5000 I used in the Navy , 3 west pac deployments, from 1995 to 2003 and it's still going strong.
Hi guys, does anyone know where I can purchase the Maserin knife featured at the beginning of the Tactical Knives Discussion. I looked through the online Maserin folders but couldn't fine the exact knife. The Nimrod model was as close a I could find.
Cheers,
koochykoo52
I am an active duty Green Beret and can tell you honestly that the term “tactical” should only apply to fixed blades. I carry 2 knives when in kit. One is a pocket folder and the other is a fixed blade mounted discretely on my plate carrier. The pocket folder is used for general tasks like opening MREs, cutting cordage, etc. The fixed blade is for use when firearms aren‘t an option. “Tactical” is marketing and nothing else. A sharpened butter knife would be more useful to me in a “tactical” situation than a Reeves Sebenza. But I still carry a Sebenza in my pocket and it gets more use than my fixed blade. There are characteristics that are better suited to “tactical” situations though.
Long enough to reach vital organs, corosion resistant, strong but not overbuilt, strong retention in sheath/holster, quickly deployable, double edged, has enough grip to fill your hand, handle material that resists environmental deterioration, subdued in color.
Tactical Knife/ Knives is a term that, to me; is like the term Assault Rifle. More of a concept than an actual thing. Any knife can be a tactical knife in a given situation. For those of us who operate professionally or otherwise as armed individuals a tactical knife is one that can be a tool or a backup weapon. In this respect I prefer the inherent strength and immediate readiness of a fixed blade. Folders are convlenient and come in a plethora of sizes and configurations, but one must practice in order to quickly deploy one. As a practitioner of FMA and Japanese combative arts I find fixed blades much more suited to my personal and professional protective doctrine.
I’m more in the Nick Shabazz camp of ”tactical.” Most likely even further than him. I prefer to avoid the term altogether have real disdain for people who are way too ensconced in tactical culture. They are why we can’t have nice things (Like being able to carry a balisong in my state). But that’s just me
MVFlip
I agree with you, but to be fair, balisongs are illegal primarily because somebody needed a convenient excuse to arrest people, and "because they are a minority", or "because they look sketchy" wasn't really cutting it.
Knives are tools and like all tools, their purpose is to facilitate a specific task or tasks. If we look at the definition of tactical, we find, “relating to or constituting actions carefully planned to gain a specific military end.” Having established that, when people need “tactical” blades, they either intend them for military, LE, or self-defense OR they want to collect them. Other than collectors, a tactical knife would suggest some level of tactical training if the tool is to be effective, otherwise it’s like giving a book to someone who is iliter. It’s cool to collect but if a tactical blade is chosen to be used as such, the user should choose it to best meet its expected use.
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I don't know if I would agree with that. With the exception of companies like Cold Steel, a lot of companies are moving away from the tactical moniker. Manufacturers like Spyderco and Benchmade tend only to attach tactical these days to their stuff that is pretty obviously meant for cutting people rather than things.
fhood
Cold steel knives are seriously hard use, reliable knives. First folder I would turn to in a life and death situation, aside from a straight edge knife, would be my recon 1. (for example, in case of a zombie apocalypse.)
While we are on the tactical subject, let's not forget the Ka-bar tactical spork.
I've tried every common knife brand, type, blade and lockup system. To date I haven't found anything that can rival the Mel Pardue Axis Lock found on Benchmade knives for every day carry. One hand flick open/close is better on this than anything else I've found, including automatics. Lockup is solid and safe vs many alternatives. I sold off many of my other knives and now just use a variety of Benchmade models... usually the tried and true Griptilian and Mini Griptilian because they're so light, fit the hand well and if you lose or break it it will be upsetting but not the end of the world.
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I'm a big fan of Spyderco's Compression Lock as well.
They're great knives I'm sure but I use and abuse knives and don't want anything I will be too upset about if I either damage it, lose it or forget in a bag and have TSA take it away at an airport. Benchmade griptilian and minigriptilian are perfect for my needs and much lighter weight in the pocket than most customs.
So who on here has questions and not snark involving judgement on mall ninjas? I’m a serious user and budding collector and I would love to help others in their hobby through discussion and experience, and would like the same in return from others. Let’s try that?
Drewzilla
Good! When people see the number of blades I have, their first reaction is, "Oh! You collect knives!?" Then I let them handle a few, and the reaction turns to, "Oh! You use ALL of these knives????" My reply is, "I don't have any "safe queens" ... of anything."
Serious users welcomed! A blade is only as good as the task it solves!
48thRonin2
If I fall in love with a knife I will typically buy another for a few reasons, 1. I might lose the one I have and need a replacement 2. If I like it others probably do as well and most of the knives I own are discontinued or sprint run.