What is tactical about a knife? Is there a difference between "ordinary" and "tactical" knives? And why are there so many different knives that are classified as tactical? We will try to answer these questions briefly in this article.
To begin with, tactical knives are designed to perform specific tactical tasks. These tasks can vary widely - some are the needs of an undercover cop, others of an officer in the rapid response squad and quite different to commandos sent on a mission in enemy territory. Due to this specificity, tactical knives can be significantly different from one another. This is also the reason, for example, a tourist or hunting knife, it cannot replace the tactical one. Moreover, it can be life-threatening in certain situations. The development of specific tactical knives for special units in the US Navy, for example, comes after a tragic incident when, in a helicopter crash, several Marines are drowned because standard equipment knives do not turn out to be strong enough and break down when they attempt to release.
The tactical knife is designed according to the objectives to be fulfilled. This determines its overall design, the type of blade, the dimensions, the materials used to make it, whether it will be of a collapsible type or will have a fixed blade. This also affects the design and materials used for the bucket - whether it will be concealed carry, whether it will require quick access and easy removal, how it will be attached to the equipment (with a modular system or other type of attachment), etc. Depending on the specifics of the tactical tasks to be performed, it may be necessary to include 2 or even 3 different knives in the equipment.
However, are there any basic criteria that a tactical knife must meet? Here are some of the recommendations in this regard that Ernest Emerson, one of the most famous knife makers, is also a highly trained cool weapons instructor working with various elite military units and police in order to protect public order. The main thing when choosing a tactical knife is to know what purpose it will serve to choose the one that is right for you. The ergonomics of the handle are one of the most important requirements - the knife should feel comfortable in the hand. More precisely, it should feel comfortable under pressure - there should be no tight spots, sharp angles or an unnatural feel of the handle. The feeling of comfort should be felt both in normal grip and in reverse grip (when the blade protrudes from the lower end of the fist). The size of the knife should also fit on the hand - it should be neither too large nor too small. Another requirement for the handle is that the material is stable (does not shrink, scratch or crack during use) and does not absorb moisture. This eliminates most natural materials such as wood and bone. For the blade material, Emerson recommends high quality stainless steel, and as a hardness 57-59C on the Rockwell scale. In terms of blade design, he says there should be a cutting edge and a point. It is also advisable to always take knives that have a serrated blade, as they always cut, even when they are blunt. And last but not least, the price of the product has to be looked at - the high quality of cheap knives cannot be expected.