Tactical Knife Buyer’s Guide

Nowadays, there are so many tactical knives available in the market, making it hard to choose the right one. If you’ve tried shopping for one, you’re surely going to have a hard time making the right choice. If that’s the case, then remember that features are the most important thing that you need to consider when buying a tactical knife, not the appearance, brand (though choosing a well-known high-quality brand can be very useful) or coolness. You can also take a look on the specifications, though this requires a good understanding of tactical knives. But setting everything aside, the most important thing is that your tactical knife can do its job right and flawless.

Double-edged Tactical Knife
Double-edged Tactical Knife

Types of Tactical Knives

There are two main types of tactical knives – they are fixed and folding. When buying a tactical knife, it is important to determine your purpose for them to make sure that they can do their job easily and perfectly.

Folding Knives – are also called pocket knives. There are different kinds of pocket knives but the most common are: single, double, multi and Swiss army knives. They vary greatly in shape and size.

Fixed Blade Knives – are stronger and more durable compared to folding knives. They are also stronger and thicker. Like folding knives, there are various kinds of fixed blade knives, some of them are:

  • Hunting/Camping Knife – as the name implies, they are primarily used for hunting purposes such as skinning, boning, gutting, cleaning and stabbing. They can also cut through ropes, camping food, etc. with ease making them a great camping utility.
  • Skinners – they often have short but very sharp blades.
  • Gut-hook – if you’re hunting an animal, it’s the perfect tool to carve a hole through its belly.

If you are looking for a survival knife these are also some of the important things to keep in mind.

  • Full Tang – yes, they are great thirst quencher, but we’re not talking about the juice drink here. Tang is the part of the knife that extends to the handle. If you removed the handle, you can see a smaller piece of steel extending towards the handle for gripping, that’s the tang. Generally, a full tang knife is sturdier than other tang types, which makes a full tang the strongest in terms of cutting and stabbing.
  • Solid Pommel – the handle’s butt. A solid pommel can be used to hammer things down in case you forgot to bring a hammering tool. But there are other kinds of pommel that can store sticks, matches, etc. which provides additional survivability tool, but they can break easily when used as a hammer.
  • Knife point – pick a pointed knife which will make poking at things easier.
  • Edges – there are two types – the single and double-edged blades. A single edged blade is safer to use than a double edged blade, unless the double edged blade features a sharp and serrated edges – making it highly flexible.