When purchasing any knife, the first thing to consider is how you intend to use it. An emergency knife is different than a knife you intend to use as a self-defense weapon. The most basic definition of a tactical knife is one that has a specific intended purpose. Police officers, firemen, hunters, and laypersons will have very different needs in a tactical knife. For instance, a detective who may face an assailant should look for some sort of hand guard, to prevent the hand from slipping down onto the blade. (When a blade hits bone, the gripping hand is likely to slip, especially if the handle is wet with blood.) On the other hand, an outdoorsman will want chip-resistant blades for cutting away hides. Outline your “must have” features or capabilities at the outset of your knife shopping expedition. That way you’ll have an easy test to eliminate knives designed for other purposes.
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Every state has its own laws regarding concealed weapons. Here in Oregon, state law regarding ownership of knives is quite lenient. It is legal for Oregonians to own any kind of knife they choose. However, the Beaver state does restrict certain knives as illegal to conceal and carry. Here’s a summary of Oregon law regarding the concealed carrying of knives.
Refined taste comes only with experience. The more tactical knives that you use, the better you know what you’re looking for. Still, there are a few things that should be considered with every tactical knife purchase, as we outline below.
In our grandparents’ days, a knife was considered a critical tool that should be carried on a regular basis. To this day, a knife comes in handy for a variety of daily tasks that require cutting. Today, it’s less likely you’ll need your knife to skin a carcass or clean a fish, as our past generations did. Still, the everyday carry (EDC) knife does seem to be making a resurgence of sorts.
We’ve been blogging about tactical knives, LED flashlights, and multi-tools for five years. Our first blog post, on fishing knives, was published on January 25, 2008. Since then, we’ve posted hundreds of blogs, some more popular than others. By analyzing page view information culled from Google Analytics and WebMaster Tools Data, we can determine which posts our readers have found the most useful. To bring these helpful posts to your attention, we’ve listed a brief description of each below.
“Serrated Knives: When They’re Great and When They’re Not”
Published in December of 2011, this post had more than 890 page views in the past year. A great read for those wondering which applications are best for a serrated knife, and when a serrated blade may actually be a hindrance.
What are your must-have work items? For most of us, a laptop, set of headphones, and a strong cup of coffee would probably make the list. But first responders and firefighters need a completely different set of professional tools, including a good rescue personnel knife. Today we’re highlighting a recent product review for one such COAST rescue knife, the DX335.
ModelCityFirefighter.com recently posted a product review for the DX335. The Model City Firefighter writers are both experienced firefighters, with 20 years of firefighting experience between them. So it’s natural that their product reviews should focus on how rescue personnel would experience the DX335.
The lingo of the knife world is unique. When choosing a tactical knife or folding knife, it’s useful to understand the vocabulary for types of blades and handles. Today we’re exploring a specific type of folding knife handle, the G10. You can find a G10 handle on our FX350 folding knife.
Basically, G10 is a term for a high grade of laminate. To make this material, manufacturers weave glass cloth into epoxy resin. This process creates a strong material with high impact resistance as well as dimensional stability.
Recently, Model City Firefighter Andrew Catron and the High Point Fire Department crew reviewed one of our elite blade-assist knives, the RX322. Designed by the renowned Ron Lake, this knife is part of our Rapid Response line featuring unique technology that makes the blade simple to open with one hand.
The patented roller-bearing mount on the blade, paired with a spring leaf between the handle liners, makes the RX322 the fastest, smoothest and safest of blade-assist knives on the market for people who are either right- or left-handed. The knife’s Max-Lock and Liner-Lock technologies keep the RX322’s blade securely in place to prevent accidental engages and disengages. The stainless steel frame, fiberglass-filled nylon handle and the following specifications give the knife dependable durability that emergency workers trust. (more…)