Knives are one of the most versatile pieces of tactical gear in any setting. There are many different types of knives, and each of them is suited for specific conditions. For example, you can have a remarkable full tang fixed-blade knife in your collection, however using it as your every day carry will not be practical. If you consider some aspects of practical application, a folding knife would fare batter.
When you set out to buy high quality tactical knives you should look for durability, ergonomics and function. If the metal was built to last you will get your moneys worth over time. Knife handles serve to make wielding easier and you can easily find one that works perfect for you. And then there is the function of your knife. Basically, you have two choices – to go for a versatile knife that fits as many possible scenarios, or you can get a purpose-made blade and include it in your gear. You won’t make a mistake either way.
Ka-bar D2 Extreme (Model 1282)
Ka-bar knives need no introduction, they are top notch in terms of quality and are popular for a reason. The D2 model features a blade made of one of the best materials. This is a fixed blade model with partially serrated edge and clip point shape of the blade. It’s one of the favorite tactical knives out there and it comes with nylon sheath. With an overall length of 30cm (18cm blade) and ergonomic handle, this knife is a great addition to any survivalist’s gear list.
Columbia River (CRKT) M21-14SFG
This is a folding knife model, but don’t take that as a sign of weakness because it’s fitted with a superb automatic liner-lock that keeps it in place. It packs at only 10cm when locked, so you can see why even special forces use this folder knife along their other compact survival items. You will find two great features once you deploy it: a hilt and Veff serrations. The dual hilt serves to protect your hand from slipping onto the blade during use, while the serrations are handy for cutting cordage, rope, and other fibrous material.
Gerber LMF II Infantry Survival Knife
When former serviceman (like Jeff Freeman) give their input in knife design you get models like the Gerber LMF II Infantry knife. At a total length of 27cm (blade 12cm) you can even create a spear with it if you secure it to the far end of a pole. This fixed blade knife has a whole variety of tactical applications: it cuts fuselage sheaths, is able to pierce through Plexiglas, helps cut tinder or build shelter. The blade has serrated edge and the handle is made from glass filled nylon (and TPV overmould). The blade is made from 420HC Stainless Steel and it’s accompanied with a lifetime warranty.
Spyderco Para-Military 2 G10
You can choose between digital camo, black or a dark blue G10 ergonomic handle. The edge is plain and has four way clip (tip up/down, left/right hand). These Spuderco knives feature a bushing pivot system that contributes to fluid deployment and helps avoid catching it on the pocket or other articles of clothing. It’s designed as a thinner and sharper alternative to classic models, so you can save space in your backpack for other bulky pieces of gear.
SOG Pillar S35VN
It’s a steel knife with fixed clip point blade. The design is centered around the CPM S35VN steel so you can expect a tough piece with high-edge retention, resistance to wear and chipping. Even though the finish gives a refined look, the knife can tackle any task like a proper workhorse should. Not only are these knifes built to last, but they’ll also look better after being exposed to wear. At 25cm (12,7cm blade), this is one of those tactical knives you can carry with ease.
Rambo Last Blood Bowie
No list of popular knifes is complete without a Rambo bowie. Of course, this is more than your typical large knife with crossguard and clip point, because this is limited edition of officially licensed series (5000 units). It’s not easy to find an exact reproduction of Rambo’s knife these days. The handle has scales, iconic pommel and a machined hand guard. There is a Certificate of Authenticity so you can be sure you are getting the real deal. These models come with sheath made from buffalo hide. At 35cm, this steel blade is once in a lifetime purchase which can be handed down to the next generations.
SOG Mini Pentagon M14K
If you are familiar with the original SOG Pentagon, then you will quickly have a grasp of the design for this model. Envisioned as a back up knife, the Mini Pentagon weighs 94g and features a 9cm blade. It’s your dual edge fixed blade for use in emergencies. One edge is straight, the other is serrated, allowing you to perform various tasks. Its handle is made from checkered rubber so you can maintain a firm grip throughout any activity.
This short selection of tactical knives will hopefully serve to guide your quest. Remember: there is no such thing as a perfect knife, only the perfect blade for the occasion. So by no means stop at only one piece for every imaginable application. It’s totally fine to have a favorite knife for a certain task as compared to a multipurpose knife that will be less then perfect at some tasks.