Tactical knife buying guide and FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we find regularly and for which we need more clarification about your possession of a tactical knife.

What are the main uses of a tactical knife?

Tactic by name, therefore tactic by nature, isn’t it? You buy a high-precision knife because you need it to be really adapted to your use. This could mean that you need a reliable blade when you participate in a major rescue mission as a first responder. You might be part of the valuable military forces and need something that can help you get through the fight safely, even in combat? Perhaps you want something that will give you and your family precious peace of mind and additional security when your self-defence is threatened? There are myriad uses and reasons to own a tactical-style blade that will depend on your individual circumstances and requirements. Durable and reliable, tactical blades are also fabulous blades that accompany you on an outdoor survival weekend or who knows which enemies you might encounter. Used only as a last resort as a weapon and therefore not to be confused with a combat knife or an automatic knife, your tactical knife will assist you in all kinds of difficult outdoor activities such as hunting, rope cutting and rigging as well as preparing your catch of the day!

What is the size of the blades of tactical knives?

In general, most tactical knife blades will measure between 3.0 and 5.5 inches and although you can get much longer and more extreme variants, most will fit somewhere in this spectrum.

Materials and shapes of tactical blades

Again, not to be confused with a purely dedicated combat knife that is likely to be much simpler in its design, the tactical blade will have some remarkable characteristics that really differentiate it. It can be straight or curved, with a short and easy-to-handle handle handle and for most of today, it is likely to be of a foldable action although there are always exceptions.

When it comes to the type of equipment your blade was made with, it will largely depend on the budget you have allocated to the purchase of your blade. Damascus steel is a very popular material for modern blades still forged using the same traditional techniques. Other alternatives could include cr17 High Carbon and Sandvik 14C28Nm. There are many blades available these days that are built from cheap Chinese steel and although they may be cheap, they are more likely to corrode quickly, so try to stick to a superior stainless steel or even a titanium composite for real lasting quality.

Important characteristics that tactical knives must have

Design features are perhaps one of the most important considerations, because usually the design will have been adapted to meet the objective. If you are going to use your tactical knife, your utility style, on survival and hunting expeditions, you will probably have to stabbe animals, cut leather and clothing or even use an improvised saw. That is why it is worth considering features such as a serrated edge.

In addition to the essential comfort, fit and obvious design features, also think about how you will carry your tactical blade. When it comes to a knife like this, you really only have two options, fixed or foldable. Do you also need your knife to be equipped with staples mounted on the handle to give you more stability and sheathing or do you want a dedicated sheath only or not at all?

Also remember to use your knife with one hand? This is an important consideration if accessibility is important and you want to be able to get out and use your tactical blade quickly.

Can a tactical knife be used as a rescue knife?

Absolutely yes. Depending on the brand of the knife you are buying, several have been designed with fire and rescue emergency service professionals in mind and will combine other useful features such as a glass breakage and could also include a practical built-in whistle to attract attention.

Tactical pocket knife handles

Your tactical knife will have two distinct key elements. The blade itself and of course the handle. You’ll probably want your handle to be both ergonomic so it’s comfortable and reliable to use and also have a good grip to help you in rainy weather.

Your handle can be made of plastic, leather, stainless steel or even wood, and it is obvious that the more robust and durable the handle, the longer it will last and be protected from the elements and wear.

The handle should fit comfortably in your hand, no matter how you hold it (forward or perhaps backward) or if you are left-handed or right-handed. You want something ambidextrous that gives you a lot of flexibility and control.

Ideally, you also want a material that won’t absorb too much oil, sweat or water, for example, so that you can keep a pleasant, tight, balanced and stable grip.

Do the tactical blades come with clips?

Again, depending on the brand and brand of the knife you buy, yes, several come with pocket clips that allow you to easily attach your knife to your pants or pocket for discreet transport every day. Some may come instead in their own protective sheaf. A pocket clip is convenient because it is much easier to carry, store and generally carry.

What locking mechanisms are available on tactical pocket knives?

A lock is something you will consider if you have opted for a foldable tactical knife. As with anything in life, you get value for your money, so if you stick to your fingers, buy quality! If you bought a folding knife, it will probably have one of the following three locking mechanisms: rear lock, frame lock or liner lock.

Is wearing a tactical knife legal?

The answer is simple: it is best to check the rules and regulations of your own state and be vigilant when you are on the go and travelling between regions. Legislation is constantly changing too, so you must keep your knowledge up to date and stay on the right side of knife laws. The property law states that anything that is considered a “fatal weapon” cannot even be possessed and that is why the Bowie knife remains illegal.

When it comes to the physical act of carrying a weapon then, it will depend on the length of the blade and also on its primary intention. Thus, a knife whose purpose is to be used as a weapon will effectively be illegal under certain laws of the State. Generally, a knife intended for utility purposes (such as pocket knives and multiple tools for example) with a blade of less than 2.5 inches should be thin and in other circumstances, it will be the concealment element, so the larger the blade, the more visible it must be.

It’s complicated, so it’s better to play it safely and even better, make sure you do your homework well.

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