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Getting A Tactical Knife

A Good Tactical Knife

Being an outdoors man and a big fan of hunting and fishing, it is important to make sure you have the correct knife for your outdoor experiences. Picking the right knife can save you a lot of problems, and help make sure you have the right knife for what you need. One of the most common knives you are going to hear about is the tactical knife.

A tactical knife if most often referred to as a combat knife. Tactical knives have been around for a number of years and were giving out as a weapon to be used during close combat. While tactical knives can still be used for fighting today, they have adapted their usage to meet what the soldier, or outdoors man, normally need to use the knife for.

The main reasons people are going to pick tactical knives are for doing the outdoors things soldiers might have to do currently. A soldier in the woods or jungle is going to need a knife that can cut branches, trim the brush, be used to capture food, as well as for protection. That means that the tactical blade needs to be able to be used in numerous situations.

Maybe you are not an outdoors man, so you are not worried about being lost in the forest. A tactical knife is still a very popular choice on farms and with people who work outside. Tactical knifes are perfect for doing chores, cutting rope, and for use in many different types of emergency situations where something will need to be cut.

There are many different brands of tactical knifes out there, with many different models to choose form. The best advice I can give on purchasing one of those is make sure that the knife has a good quality blade, probably steel, and has all of the safety standards you will need. If it is a folding knife, make sure it has a good lock mechanism. If it is a non-folding one edge knife, make sure it has a very well maintained and good quality holster to keep it in.

Thanks for reading..

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Good info and nice piece.

Good info and nice piece. Thanks for sharing.

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big problem

I like tactical knives, heck I like all knives.  I own a few tactical knives from Benchmade and Gerber.  However, my biggest complaint about tactical knives (more specifically folding tactical knives) is that they all have very narrow handle cross-sections.  I realise that they are this narrow for ease of EDC and concealability when carrying.  But, as a result of this type of handle shape they really dig into your hands when cutting down on someting with force, like sharpening tent stakes or feathering kindling wood, etc.  They're just plain umcomfortable when going into hard use.  I've used many tactical type folding knives in the outdoors and can say the only feature I love on them is the one handed opening feature that most seem to have.  I also think that many of the common blade shapes for most tactical knives is all wrong for outdoor utility use.  I find recurve shaped blade is good for outdoor use, but in my opinion blade shapes like tantos, spear-points and dagger shaped blades serve very little utility purpose, unless thrust cutting or stabbing is your line of work. 

For some reason tactical type stuff has become all the rage lately, everyone want to walk around pretending to be some type of special operator or something.  That idea has really made it's way into hunting products.  You're right when you say that picking the right knife is important, but tactical knives are often the wrong knives for hunting and fishing in my experience and opinion.  I don't care how tactical you try and make something, nothing can ever take the place of a well designed hunting knife, it can do everything that a tactical knife can do and more, but the reverse isn't always true.  Of course any knife is better than having no knife at all.Wink

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I use my tactical knife as an

I use my tactical knife as an EDC so the smaller handles are nice. I'm pretty sure that most companies making folding tactical knives for that purpose and just call them tactical because it sounds better than EDC knife.

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I'll say one thing and that

I'll say one thing and that is that I love knifes, and my box of them will prove it.  My bigest problem with the so called tactical knifes is that the blades are serriated.  Now don't get me wrong they may have their place being half serriated but for what I and 99% of hunters use it for it isn't needed.  As far a cutting branches I pack a flolding saw with two blades, one for wood and the other for bone.  Other than that I also have a Leatherman with me when ever I put my pants of to go outside.  And in that combo tool is a saw along with the knife blade and others.  One thing about a knife is that I enjoy the way that it feels in my hand.  If it isn't comfortable then I usually do not use it and a lot of the tactical knifes fall into the uncomfortable style. 

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Cold Steel AK-47 Plain Edge

Not all the blades are serrated. I know that Cold Steel makes the AK-47 in a plain edge. You might like it because the handle is very different from most tacticals and feels pretty good in the hand since it's molded to the fingers. I'm not a huge fan of leathermans though the knife blades are too small and I have problems cutting things with them.

 

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gerber

I'v had both leatherman and gerber.I prefer the gerber with the serreted blade that will just cut you to the bone if you don't watch out.It seems heavier duty than other brands and my other blades hold an edge alot longer.

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KA-BAR, baby... that's where

KA-BAR, baby... that's where it's at

 

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I've got em

I own a Ka-Bar and a USMC combat knife by Ontario Knife Co.  They're combat and battlefield utility knives, that's where they perform best I suppose.  Both are pretty darn useless to me as an outdoorsman, but not as a yard tool.  They'be both been relinquished to gardening and lawn tools.  Their just too big and cumbersome for any hunting or camping task I've ever needed a knife for. 

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My KA-BAR comes with me on

My KA-BAR comes with me on every outdoor excursion.  It tends to stay attached to gear, as my Old Timer, Gerber and Kershaws get the brunt of the workload.  But it comes in handy way too often not to take it along.

I have used it to dig cat holes, chop kindling, cut rope, slice meat (and other foods), open cans (as well as bags), as a tent stake, as a hanging post, hitching post, sundial... you name it!

... and I suppose if I ever need to I will stand a chance in a hand to hand fight    ;)

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k-bar knife

I hope you never have to stand and use it ever.

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