THE TACTICAL EDGE
8 TOP KNIVES TO STRENGTHEN YOUR LOADOUT
Seemingly, there are a million choices out there for tactical knives. Fortunately, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 8. By Joshua Swanagon
Gaining the tactical advantage in any situation often comes down to who is the most prepared and who has the most tools to get the job done.
As the years progress, so does our understanding of metallurgy and the overall knifemaking process, as well as our understanding of different knife profiles for varying needs. From tactical to common day-to-day tasks— the knives of today are starkly different from the knives of yesteryear. As our understanding of the knifemaking process has evolved, so has our understanding of the use of the knife to gain a tactical advantage—with many knifebased self-defense systems developing and evolving over the centuries.
The world of tactical knives is a very broad spectrum, and everyone’s need is different. For this reason, when selecting a tactical knife for your loadout, it is important to consider the advantage you are trying to gain from your selection, whether you want something strictly focused on combat/ self-defense, or you want a knife that can pull double-duty as a combat/self-defense and utility blade.
In this article, we’ll look at eight knives that I feel are very good at what they do when it comes to tactical intent. A couple are strictly for combat/self-defense and some will fill both the combative and utilitarian roles.