THE TAC­TI­CAL EDGE

8 TOP KNIVES TO STRENGTHEN YOUR LOADOUT

Tactical World - - Contents - Story by Joshua Swanagon, Pho­tos by Joshua Swanagon and Man­u­fac­tur­ers

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.

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